2011 CMS Winter Meeting
Delta Chelsea Hotel, Toronto, December 10 - 12, 2011

Coxeter-James Prize

IOSIF POLTEROVICH, Université de Montréal
Seeing sounds, hearing shapes and beyond  [PDF]

Geometric spectral theory has a long and fascinating history. It goes back to the experiments of Chladni with vibrating plates and to the ground-breaking work of Rayleigh on the theory of sound, to Weyl's law for the asymptotic distribution of eigenvalues and to Kac's celebrated question ``Can one hear the shape of a drum?''. In my talk, I will discuss some of the old problems and related recent developments in the field.

Event Sponsors

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