The Kadison-Singer Problem in Mathematics and Engineering

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 9:30am
Strickland 307
Pete Casazza (University of Missouri)

We will see that the famous, intractable 1959 Kadison-Singer Problem in C*-Algebras is equivalent to fundamental unsolved problems in a dozen areas of research in pure mathematics, applied mathematics and engineering. This has given all these areas common ground on which to interact as well as explaining why each area has volumes of literature on their respective problem. The recent surprising positive solution to this problem by Marcus, Spielman and Srivastava has given each of these areas a powerful new theorem to use in their work.

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