THIS LECTURE WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED TO BE GIVEN FOUR DAYS LATER. The Weizmann Institute of Science Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science Geometric Functional Analysis and Probability Seminar Feinberg Graduate School, Room C on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 11:00 - 13:00 Note unusual day/location Ivan Corwin Courant Institute will speak on The KPZ universality class and equation 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. --------------------------------------------------------- Technion Math Net-2 (TECHMATH2) Editor: Michael Cwikel <techm@math.technion.ac.il> Announcement from: Gady Kozma <gady.kozma@weizmann.ac.il>