• Drugs, herbicides, and numerical simulation 

      [SNAP-2014-010-EN] Benner, Peter; Mena, Hermann; Schneider, René (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 2014)
      [also available in German] The Colombian government sprays coca fields with herbicides in an effort to reduce drug production. Spray drifts at the Ecuador-Colombia border became an international issue. We developed a ...
    • Dirichlet Series 

      [SNAP-2014-001-EN] McCarthy, John E. (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 2014)
      Mathematicians are very interested in prime numbers. In this snapshot, we will discuss some problems concerning the distribution of primes and introduce some special infinite series in order to study them.
    • What does ">" really mean? 

      [SNAP-2014-004-EN] Reznick, Bruce (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 2014)
      This Snapshot is about the generalization of ">" from ordinary numbers to so-called fields. At the end, I will touch on some ideas in recent research.
    • Matrixfaktorisierungen 

      [SNAP-2014-002-DE] Lerche, Wolfgang (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 2014)
      Im Folgenden soll ein kurzer Abriss des Themas Matrixfaktorisierungen gegeben werden. Wir werden darlegen, warum dieses recht simple Konzept zu erstaunlich tiefen mathematischen Gedankengängen führt und auch in der modernen ...
    • Arrangements of lines 

      [SNAP-2014-005-EN] Harbourne, Brian; Szemberg, Tomasz (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 2014)
      We discuss certain open problems in the context of arrangements of lines in the plane.
    • Statistics and dynamical phenomena 

      [SNAP-2014-006-EN] Tong, Howell (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 2014)
      A friend of mine, an expert in statistical genomics, told me the following story: At a dinner party, an attractive lady asked him, "What do you do for a living?" He replied, "I model." As my friend is a handsome man, the ...
    • The Kadison-Singer problem 

      [SNAP-2014-008-EN] Valette, Alain (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 2014)
      In quantum mechanics, unlike in classical mechanics, one cannot make precise predictions about how a system will behave. Instead, one is concerned with mere probabilities. Consequently, it is a very important task to ...
    • Operator theory and the singular value decomposition 

      [SNAP-2014-009-EN] Knese, Greg (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 2014)
      This is a snapshot about operator theory and one of its fundamental tools: the singular value decomposition (SVD). The SVD breaks up linear transformations into simpler mappings, thus unveiling their geometric properties. ...
    • Swallowtail on the shore 

      [SNAP-2014-007-EN] Buchweitz, Ragnar-Olaf; Faber, Eleonore (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 2014)
      Platonic solids, Felix Klein, H.S.M. Coxeter and a flap of a swallowtail: The five Platonic solids tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, icosahedron and dodecahedron have always attracted much curiosity from mathematicians, not ...
    • The ternary Goldbach problem 

      [SNAP-2014-003-EN] Helfgott, Harald (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 2014)
      Leonhard Euler (1707–1783) – one of the greatest mathematicians of the eighteenth century and of all times – often corresponded with a friend of his, Christian Goldbach (1690–1764), an amateur and polymath who lived and ...
    • Curriculum development in university mathematics: where mathematicians and education collide 

      [SNAP-2015-011-EN] Sangwin, Christopher J. (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 2015)
      This snapshot looks at educational aspects of the design of curricula in mathematics. In particular, we examine choices textbook authors have made when introducing the concept of the completness of the real numbers. Can ...
    • Special values of zeta functions and areas of triangles 

      [SNAP-2015-010-EN] Kramer, Jürg; Pippich, Anna-Maria von (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 2015)
      In this snapshot we give a glimpse of the interplay of special values of zeta functions and volumes of triangles. Special values of zeta functions and their generalizations arise in the computation of volumes of moduli ...
    • How to choose a winner: the mathematics of social choice 

      [SNAP-2015-009-ENSNAP-2015-009-DE] Powers, Victoria Ann (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 2015)
      [also available in German] Suppose a group of individuals wish to choose among several options, for example electing one of several candidates to a political office or choosing the best contestant in a skating competition. ...
    • Zero-dimensional symmetry 

      [SNAP-2015-003-EN] Willis, George (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 2015)
      This snapshot is about zero-dimensional symmetry. Thanks to recent discoveries we now understand such symmetry better than previously imagined possible. While still far from complete, a picture of zero-dimensional symmetry ...
    • Friezes and tilings 

      [SNAP-2015-004-EN] Holm, Thorsten (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 2015)
      Friezes have occured as architectural ornaments for many centuries. In this snapshot, we consider the mathematical analogue of friezes as introduced in the 1970s by Conway and Coxeter. Recently, infinite versions of such ...
    • Darcy's law and groundwater flow modelling 

      [SNAP-2015-007-EN] Schweizer, Ben (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 2015)
      Formulations of natural phenomena are derived, sometimes, from experimentation and observation. Mathematical methods can be applied to expand on these formulations, and develop them into better models. In the year 1856, ...
    • Modeling communication and movement: from cells to animals and humans 

      [SNAP-2015-006-EN] Eftimie, Raluca (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 2015)
      Communication forms the basis of biological interactions. While the use of a single communication mechanism (for example visual communication) by a species is quite well understood, in nature the majority of species ...
    • Minimizing energy 

      [SNAP-2015-002-EN] Breiner, Christine (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 2015)
      What is the most efficient way to fence land when you’ve only got so many metres of fence? Or, to put it differently, what is the largest area bounded by a simple closed planar curve of fixed length? We consider the answer ...
    • Billiards and flat surfaces 

      [SNAP-2015-001-EN] Davis, Diana (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 2015)
      [also available in German] Billiards, the study of a ball bouncing around on a table, is a rich area of current mathematical research. We discuss questions and results on billiards, and on the related topic of flat surfaces.
    • Visual analysis of Spanish male mortality 

      [SNAP-2015-012-ENSNAP-2015-012-DE] Marron, J. S. (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 2015)
      [also available in German] Statistical visualization uses graphical methods to gain insights from data. Here we show how a technique called principal component analysis is used to analyze mortality in Spain over about the ...