Periods

Mathematical Conversations
Topic:Periods
Speaker:Francis Brown
Affiliation:Institut des hautes ├ętudes scientifiques; von Neumann Fellow, School of Mathematics
Date:Wednesday, January 28
Time/Room:6:00pm - 7:00pm/Dilworth Room

I will try to explain why one expects there to be a Galois theory of a certain class of transcendental numbers, called periods, and illustrate with some simple examples.