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The 12th Annual Charles
R. DePrima Memorial
Undergraduate Mathematics Lecture
Tuesday, November 4, 2003
4:15 p.m. 151 Sloan
PETER LAX
Professor of Mathematics and
Former Director
Courant Institute,
New York University
Multivariable Calculus Made Easy
Abstract: A
completely elementary proof of the change variable formula for multiple
integrals will be presented and used to prove the Brouwer fixed point
theorem.
Peter Lax graduated with a Ph.D. from the Courant Institute of Mathematical
Sciences in 1949 and is considered one of the outstanding applied and
theoretical mathematicians of the twentieth century. After graduation, he
went to work at Los Alamos with John von Neumann. His first numerical
experiments were completed on Los Alamos’s MANIAC computer.
His interests lie in the fields of fluid dynamics, partial differential
equations, and computation. His name is connected with many major
mathematical results and numerical methods, among them the LaxMilgram
Lemma, the Lax Equivalence Theorem, the LaxWendruff Scheme, the LaxFriedrichs
Scheme, the Lax Entropy Condition, the Lax Pair, and the LaxLevermore
Theory. He is the winner of many awards including the National Medal of
Science, the Wolf Prize, the Semmelweis Medal, and the Wiener Prize. He has
been a member of the National Academy of Sciences since 1970. His writing
skills have led to the Lester R. Ford Award in two separate years and the
Chauvenet Prize.
One of his most
important contributions to high performance computing was his role in
establishing the National Science Foundation (NSF) computing centers. He
served on the National Science Board from 1980 to 1986, during which time he
chaired the “Lax Panel.” This panel made the recommendation that the NSF
establish national supercomputing centers connected by a high speed network
to provide university scientists access to the same level of high
performance computing available in the national laboratories.
The Charles R. DePrima Memorial Undergraduate
Mathematics Lecture was established by a gift from Charles R. DePrima and Margaret
Thurmond DePrima. The Institute is privileged to honor the memory of Professor DePrima and
his distinguished contribution to mathematics and Caltech, where he served as a faculty
member for over forty years, with a lecture each year by an outstanding mathematician.
