University of Florida
Mathematics Department 2008-09 CENTER FOR APPLIED MATH COLLOQUIUM
by Bertram Kostant ^{*}Massachusetts Institute of Technology on
Some Exotic Finite Subgroups of E
_{8} and certain
8th-Degree Cyclotomic Polynomials
^{*}
Professor Bertram Kostant is a world authority
in representation theory. His fundamental research spans several
areas such as Lie groups and Lie algebras, homogeneous spaces,
differential geometry, and mathematical physics. He is known for
defining a quantization procedure now called pre-quantization,
and for developing a complete theory of quantum Toda lattices in
which his quantization program can be achieved. After receiving his
PhD from Chicago in 1954, he was on the faculty at Berkeley before
moving to MIT in 1962 where he been ever since. He has received
numerous honors and recognitions in his long illustrious career.
He is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American
Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1997 he received an Honorary
Doctorate from Purdue where he did his undergraduate studies.
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