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Department welcomes Professor Floyd Williams

Nov. 12, 2008

Dr. Floyd Williams, Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, will be giving a lecture entitled "Three tenors: Ramanujan, Rademacher, and Einstein - a convergence of their music" in the Department on November 13 at 3:30 pm in SR 207.

Professor Williams obtained his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis in 1972 under the direction of Ray A. Kunze. Prior to joining the faculty at UM-Amherst in 1975, Dr. Williams spent three years, 1972-1975, at MIT.

His research areas range from cohomological and automorphic aspects of Lie algebras to mathematical physics including applications in cosmology and applications of zeta functions to black hole physics. He has more than 85 publications, including seven books, and has given more than 150 lectures in over twenty countries around the world.

Besides his interests in mathematics and physics, Dr. Williams is an ordained Christian minister. He is also a jazz piano player, a music composer, and a former band leader.

All are welcome to his lecture!