Department colloquium: Barry Simon (Caltech)
Title: Tales of our forefathers
Speaker: Barry Simon (Caltech)
Abstract: This is not a mathematics talk but it is a talk for mathematicians. Too often, we think of historical mathematicians as only names assigned to theorems. With vignettes and anecdotes, I'll convince you they were also human beings and that, as the Chinese say, "May you live in interesting times" really is a curse.