### Mathematics Colloquium

# Alan Huckleberry

### (Jacobs University Bremen and Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

## "The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics"

** Date: ** |
Mon, February 22, 2016 |

** Time: ** |
17:15 |

** Place: ** |
Research II Lecture Hall |

**Abstract:**
In the early 1960's Eugene Wigner published a work entitled *The unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in the natural sciences*. Our talk will begin with a brief summary of Wigner's remarks. This will be followed by
arguments, based on examples, which are aimed at showing just the opposite is true: there is an underlying natural force that guides central themes in mathematics toward goals of understanding basic phenomena in nature as well a wide range of everyday applications. We as mathematicians know this, but perhaps we need to be reminded
by reminiscing on some of the beautiful long lines in our history. In the talk we will attempt to do this using several examples, the central one being "From planetary motion to IT-security." Perhaps this will encourage public discussions of serious mathematical themes which result in the *un* being crossed out of the *unreasonable*.

*The colloquium is preceded by tea from 16:45 in the Resnikoff Mathematics Common Room, Research I, 127.*