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Fleming Lecture Series

​​Dr. Louis Nirenberg
Professor Emeritus, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University.

April 14th and 15th, 2016
4pm
French Auditorium
Central Michigan University
An informal reception will follow each lecture

The Maximum Principle and Some Applications
The lectures will be dovoted to the maximum principle and various applications.  These will be to geometry and to properties of solutions of elliptic partial differential equations.  Some proofs will be given, and the talks will be expository.​

The fifth Fleming Lecture will take place on April 14 & 15, 2016. The Fleming Lecture Speaker Series is co-sponsored by the Richard Fleming Endowed Speaker Award and the Mathematics Department. This year our speaker will be Dr. Louis Nirenberg, Professor Emeritus, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University. He is considered one of the outstanding analysts of the 20th century. He will present two lectures on the maximum principle and some applications.

He has made fundamental contributions to linear and nonlinear partial differential equations (PDEs) and their application to complex analysis and geometry. Nirenberg's work on PDEs was described by the American Mathematical Society in 2002 as "about the best that's been done" towards solving the Navier–Stokes existence and smoothness problem of fluid mechanics and turbulence, which is a Millennium Prize Problem and one of the largest unsolved probl​ems in physics.

He has received many honors and awards. He won the American Mathematical Society's Bôcher Memorial Prize in 1959, the Jeffery-William Prize in 1987. In 1969 he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. He won the inaugural Crafoord Prize, awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Science and given in areas not covered by the Nobel Prizes, in 1982 (together with Vladimir Arnold). He received the Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement from the American Mathematical Society in 1994, and he received the National Medal of Science in 1995, the highest honour in the US for contributions to science. In 2010 he was awarded the first Chern Medal for lifetime achievement by the International Mathematical Union and the Chern Medal Foundation. In 2015 he was awarded the Abel Prize along with John Nash. He is a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.

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CMU Professor Emeritus Richard Fleming founded The Fleming​ Lecture Series upon his retirement in 2007.  The objective of the series is to bring speakers to CMU to present lectures on topics of general interest in mathematics or lectures of special interest to mathematics students and faculty.