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.
 
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Technion Math Net-2 (TECHMATH2)
Editor: Michael Cwikel   <techm@math.technion.ac.il> 
Announcement from: Gady Kozma   <gady.kozma@weizmann.ac.il>