Stelson Lecture Series
Thomas Stelson was a distinguished Civil Engineer who served as the Dean of Georgia Tech's College of Engineering from 1971 to 1974, as Vice President for Research from 1974 to 1988, and as Executive Vice President from 1988 to 1990.
During the 70's and 80's, he oversaw a vast expansion in Tech's research expenditures during an era when Tech went from being primarily teachingoriented university to a major research institution.
Stelson helped the School of Mathematics create the Center for Dynamical Systems and Nonlinear Studies, and he endowed the School's Stelson lectures in 1988 in honor of his father, Hugh Stelson, who was a mathematician. Hugh Stelson earned his doctorate from the University of Iowa in 1930 and went on to teach at Kent State University and Michigan State University. He worked on problems related to interest rates, annuities, and numerical analysis.
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The Complexity of Random Functions of Many Variables
(Georgia Institute of Technology, 20160831)A function of many variables, when chosen at random, is typically very complex. It has an exponentially large number of local minima or maxima, or critical points. It defines a very complex landscape, the topology of its ... 
How Quantum Theory and Statistical Mechanics Gave a Polynomial of Knots
(Georgia Institute of Technology, 20140925)We will see how a result in von Neumann algebras (a theory developed by von Neumann to give the mathematical framework for quantum physics) gave rise, rather serendipitously, to an elementary but very useful invariant in ... 
Riemann, Boltzmann and Kantorovich Go to a Party
(Georgia Institute of Technology, 20130419)This talk is the story of an encounter of three distinct fields: nonEuclidean geometry, gas dynamics and economics. Some of the most fundamental mathematical tools behind these theories appear to have a close connection, ... 
Role of Mathematics Across Science and Beyond
(Georgia Institute of Technology, 20101122)The changing status of knowledge from descriptive to analytic, from empirical to theoretical and from intuitive to mathematical has to be one of the most striking adventures of the human spirit. The changes often occur ... 
Multiscale Modeling and Simulation: The Interplay Beween Mathematics and Engineering Applications
(Georgia Institute of Technology, 20091026)Many problems of fundamental and practical importance contain multiple scale solutions. Composite and nano materials, flow and transport in heterogeneous porous media, and turbulent flow are examples of this type. Direct ...