Professor Francesco Mezzadri - inaugural lecture

Professor of Mathematical Physics Professor Francesco Mezzadri
School of Mathematics
This lecture took place on Tuesday 10 March 2015 

Modelling disparate worlds: a journey into applications of Random Matrix Theory

What is the connection between the electrical current flowing through a microscopic metal cavity and the arrival times of buses in a Mexican city? For over eighty years random matrices have modelled phenomena that have little or nothing in common in a variety of areas of science.  These include nuclear physics, quantum chaos, solid state physics, quantum information, analytic number theory, probability theory, wireless communication, structural dynamics and many others.   Only recently we have started to understand the underlying mathematical structure of this fascinating predictive power, and there is still much work to do.  In this lecture Professor Francesco Mezzadri will give an overview of some applications of random matrices and highlight recent advances in the field.