Department of Mathematics

Topical Seminar for Undergraduate Mathematicians

  •  Jon Hall, MSU
  •  Composition algebras: from a Dublin bridge to your cellphone
  •  03/17/2017
  •  4:10 PM - 5:00 PM
  •  C304 Wells Hall

In 1843 Sir William Rowan Hamilton scratched the quaternions onto a bridge in Dublin, and in 1998 Siavash M. Alamouti used them as a coding scheme, now embedded in hundreds of millions of cellphones. In discussing this we also touch on combinatorial designs, sums of squares, and those odd towers in your local supermarket parking lot.



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