Math Connections 2017


The conference will have several sessions of 25 minute talks given by graduate students; coffee, snacks, and lunch will be provided. The conference will finish with a plenary talk given by professor John Baez (UCR). If you would like to give a talk, please send us an abstract before May 10th at A first draft of the schedule can be found below:

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9:30-10:30 am Reception -----
10:30 - 11:00 am Session 1A Session 1B
11:15 - 11:45 am Session 2A Session 2B
11:45 - 1:00 pm Lunch -----
1:00 - 1:30 pm Session 3A Session 3B
1:40 - 2:10 pm Session 4A Session 4B
2:20 - 2:50 pm Session 5A Session 5B
3:00 - 4:00 pm Plenary Talk -----

Plenary Talk

The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything

by Professor John Baez (UCR)
In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, the number 42 was revealed to be the "Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything". But he didn't say what the question was! I will reveal that here. In fact it is a simple geometry question, which then turns out to be related to the mathematics underlying string theory

Graduate Students Speakers

It could be you! Do you work in an area in the interface between algebra, analysis, and number theory? Would you like to give a talk? Please send an abstract at before May 10th!

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