Brian Conrey, American Institute of Mathematics
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Abstract: 150 years ago B. Riemann discovered a pathway to understanding the prime numbers. But today we still have not completed his vision. I will give an introduction to Riemann's Hypothesis, one of the most compelling mathematics problems of all time, and describe some of its colorful history.
Biography: Brian Conrey is the founding Executive Director of the American Institute of Mathematics (AIM). He received his BS from Santa Clara University in 1976 and his PhD from the University of Michigan in 1980. He held a Visiting Assistant Professorship at the University of Illinois from 1980 - 1982. He received an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in 1982 and was a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) during 1982 - 1983. In 1983 he joined the faculty at Oklahoma State University, where he remained until 1997, serving as Head of Mathematics from 1991 - 1997. He received a Sloan Fellowship in 1987 and spent the year 1987-1988 at IAS. Conrey is active in outreach programs for junior high and high school students and is one of the founders of the Math Teachers' Circles program. His area of specialty is Analytic Number Theory, especially the theory of L-functions. In recent years he has become very interested in using Random Matrix Theory to model the statistical behavior of L-functions. He received the Levi Conant Prize in 2007 for his paper "The Riemann Hypothesis."