Mathematical Conversations | |

Topic: | Bad behavior |

Speaker: | Lillian Pierce |

Affiliation: | Duke University; von Neumann Fellow, School of Mathematics |

Date: | Wednesday, February 28 |

Time/Room: | 6:00pm - 7:00pm/Dilworth Room |

What do you do with a person who behaves in the worst possible way at every point in time? Well, I don’t know. But if you ask instead about an operator that picks out the worst possible behavior of a function, we sometimes know how to control it. We’ll mention some classical questions of this kind and outline some open questions that appear to be tantalizing but very hard.