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50th Anniversary Deans' Lecture Series - What’s New in Science?

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Friday, November 30th, 2012
12:30 PM to 1:45 PM

New Geometric Patterns Which Lie Between Boredom and Confusion
In the 1960's and 1970's, mathematicians discovered a world of geometric patterns which are beyond the classical and well-understood periodic patterns and yet display a huge degree of regularity. I will discuss their subtle mathematical properties and the amazing subsequent discovery of physical materials displaying the same type of atomic structure.

Date: Friday, November 30, 12:30-1:45 pm at the Greater Victoria Public Library
Speaker: Ian Putnam, PhD, Canada Research Chair in Operator Algebras and Dynamical Systems, Fellow, Royal Society of Canada, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, UVic
Course Code: ASDS268 2012F E01

Ian Putnam currently holds a Canada Research Chair in Operator Algebras and Dynamical Systems. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1985. Prior to coming to the University of Victoria in 1992, he held positions at the University of Pennsylvania and Dalhousie University. His research concerns the interactions between operator algebras, which are mathematical models for quantum mechanical systems, and dynamical systems, which are models for the temporal and spatial evolution of physical systems. He was awarded the Andre Aisenstadt Prize from the Centre de Recherche Mathématique at the Université de Montréal in 1992. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

In celebration of the University of Victoria’s 50th Anniversary we are pleased to bring you an expanded 50th Anniversary Deans’ Lecture Series for 2012/2013. The series is presented in partnership with the Greater Victoria Public Library, the 50th Anniversary Organizational Team, the Division of Continuing Studies and the Faculties of Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Graduate Studies, Human and Social Development, Humanities, Law, Science and Social Sciences.

Daytime Lectures are held at the Greater Victoria Public Library, Central Branch, 735 Broughton St. Parking is available underground and you are welcome to bring a bag lunch.

Evening Lectures are held at the UVic Legacy Art Gallery, 630 Yates St. Parking is available in nearby lots. No food or drink is allowed in the gallery.

Please note that registration will open on August 8th. Online registration is NOT available for the Dean’s Lecture Series. Admission to the lectures is free but you must register by calling 250-472-4747 so we can guarantee you a seat. If you are unable to attend a lecture for which you have registered please let us know so that we can offer a seat to someone else.

Cost: Free Event
Category: Arts | Entertainment
    Talks | Lectures
Location: Greater Victoria Public Library, Central Library
735 Broughton Street, Victoria
This event is for Adults, Seniors, Singles, Student / College
More Info: University of Victoria continuing Studies
(250) 472-4747
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