# Cookie seminar

**General Information**: Cookie seminar will take place on Mondays at 3:30 in the 9th floor lounge area. Talks should be of interest to the general math community, and generally will not run longer then 20 minutes. Everyone is welcome to talk, please just sign up on this page. Alternatively I will also sign interested people up at the seminar itself. As one would expect from the title there will generally be cookies provided, although the snack may vary from week to week.

To sign up please provide your name and a title. Abstracts are welcome but optional.

**Seminar talks**:

September 24

Speaker | Diane Holcomb |

Title | The Probabilistic method (using probability to solve questions in other areas of mathematics) |

October 1

Speaker | Jean-Luc Thiffeault |

Title | The mathematics of juggling (with no physical demonstration whatsoever) |

October 8

Speaker | Nicos Georgiou |

Title | Growth models on the Quadrant |

October 15

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October 22

Speaker | Joel Robbin |

Title | Parking a Car and Lie Brackets. |

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This is an account of Ed Nelson's explanation of Lie brackets and car parking on pages 33-36 of his 1967 book on Tensor Analysis (see https://web.math.princeton.edu/~nelson/books/ta.pdf). It may become an exercise in Diermar Salamon's version (see http://www.math.ethz.ch/%7Esalamon/PREPRINTS/diffgeo.pdf) of my Differential Geometry course from 1982 (see http://www.math.wisc.edu/~robbin/0geom.pdf). My current writeup is at http://www.math.wisc.edu/~robbin/parking_a_car.pdf. |

October 29

Speaker | Seymour Parter |

Title | Life in a Closed City: Los Alamos, NM Circa 1951 |

November 5

Speaker | Silas Johnson |

Title | Arrow's impossibility theorem |

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