Paul Turán Memorial Lectures 2002

This year's Paul Turán Memorial Lectures will be delivered by Peter Sarnak of Princeton University.

The lectures are organized by the János Bolyai Mathematical Society and will take place in the Main Lecture Hall of the Rényi Institute.

Program of the lectures:

Abstract: Hilbert's 11th problem asks about sums of squares (or more generally representability by integral quadratic forms) of integers in a number field. Recent progress has led to its solution. In the first of these lectures we will give an introduction to this problem and outline the key developments that led to its solution.

In the second and third lectures we describe the spectral theory of the Laplacian on modular surfaces indicating how the latter is used in the solution of the problem of Lecture 1. We also describe other aspects and applications of this spectral theory, for example to problems of "Quantum Chaos".