Tel Aviv University Dear all, This week at the Horowitz seminar on Probability, Ergodic Theory and Dynamical Systems at Tel Aviv University we are happy to have: Speaker: Ivan Corwin, Courant Institute, New York University Title: Beyond the Gaussian Universality Class Date: Monday, January 10. Time: 14:30 Place: Schreiber 309. Abstract: The Gaussian central limit theorem says that for a wide class of stochastic systems, the bell curve (Gaussian distribution) describes the statistics for random fluctuations of important observables. In this talk I will look beyond this class of systems to a collection of probabilistic models which include random growth models, polymers, particle systems, matrices and stochastic PDEs, as well as certain asymptotic problems in combinatorics and representation theory. I will explain in what ways these different examples all fall into a single new universality class with a much richer mathematical structure than that of the Gaussian. =*=*=*=* I would also like to mention that the mathematics colloquium on Monday will feature Boris Tsirelson speaking about "Black noise of percolation". His talk will be on Monday, 12:15 in Schreiber 006 and the abstract is: A recent text by Oded Schramm (z"l) and Stanislav Smirnov proposes a new approach to the (full) scaling limit of planar percolation, and proves by a pioneering argument that it is a black noise, as will be explained in this talk. Best regards, Ron Seminar URL: <http://www.math.tau.ac.il/~peledron/Horowitz_seminar/Horowitz_seminar.html> --------------------------------------------------------- Technion Math Net-2 (TECHMATH2) Editor: Michael Cwikel <techm@math.technion.ac.il> Announcement from: Ron Peled <peledron@gmail.com>