PURE MATHEMATICS-JOINT COLLOQUIUM

Date: 

Thursday, 10th March 2005

Counting on Determinants

Speaker: Prof. Arthur T. Benjamin (Harvey Mudd College)

Date: Friday, 18 March 2005
Time: 2:00 pm
Venue: Carslaw 273, University of Sydney

We demonstrate how determinants solve many interesting combinatorial problems, and how many interesting theorems about determinants can be viewed combinatorially. Applications to Pascal's Triangle, Fibonacci numbers and Catalan numbers will also be given. We end with a new combinatorial proof of Vandermonde's determinant.

This talk is based on joint work with Naiomi Cameron of Occidental College and Gregory Dresden of Washington and Lee University.

Enquiries to Catherine Greenhill, 9385 7105, csg@unsw.edu.au