# Random permutations and statistical mechanics

 Mathematical Conversations Topic: Random permutations and statistical mechanics Speaker: Thomas Spencer Affiliation: Professor, School of Mathematics Date: Wednesday, February 15 Time/Room: 6:00pm - 7:00pm/Dilworth Room

I will review some theorems and conjectures about the structure of random permutations which arise in statistical mechanics. Conjectures about the cycle structure are related Bose-Einstein condensation and to universality of Wigner-Dyson statistics in random matrix theory.