Colloquium

Speaker: Prof. Tai-Ping Liu (Academia Sinica)
Title: Some thoughts on mathematical research, examples from fluid dynamics
Time: 2016-05-12 (Thu.)  15:00 - 16:00
Place: Auditorium, 6 Floor, Institute of Mathematics (NTU Campus)
Abstract: In 1928-9 the great fluid dynamist Prandtl raised a question concerning shock wave reflections off a supersonic flying object. The problem was picked up by von Neumann in a Panel Discussion he chaired in 1949. There were heated exchanges among the participants, which include Heisenberg, von Karman, Burgers, Lippmann, among others. Against this historical background I will talk about recent mathematical advances in multi-dimensional gas flows, in particular my join works with Volker Elling. I hope to convey the point that analytical difficulty is one thing; the difficulty in mathematically formulating a scientific question is another. I will also mention some opens problem for future research.
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