John Conway Spirited Seminar Series

Department of Mathematics 

A Channel for Dissemination & Collaboration of Mathematical Knowledge.

Creating an ambiance of learning through collaboration.

About John H. Conway:

In his career, Conway made significant contributions to mathematics in the fields of group theory, number theory, algebra, geometric topology, theoretical physics, combinatorial game theory and geometry. Conway received the Berwick Prize (1971), was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (1981), became a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1992, was the first recipient of the Pólya Prize (LMS) (1987), won the Nemmers Prize in Mathematics (1998) and received the Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition (2000) of the American Mathematical Society. 

John Conway Spirited Seminar Series:

John Conway Spirited Seminar series started in 2021 by the Department of Mathematics at Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering-LUMS, Pakistan. These seminars allow mathematicians from all over the World to indulge in productive discussions on recently evolved theories, expositions, and research. These seminars are purposefully kept online (through Zoom) to avoid the logistics limitations of inviting a speaker from the mathematically developed World and provide a latitude for researchers and students to benefit from these seminars. Almost all the talks are recorded with the speaker's prior consent, and these recorded talks are available on this website. We strongly believe that staying connected with recent development through seminars is highly important for researchers living in third-world nations like Pakistan. Though John Conway never visited Pakistan, it is an endeavor to live his spirited enthusiasm for promoting mathematics. A humble tribute to his grand legacy and spirited attitude to promoting mathematical discussions. We invite all mathematicians, young researchers, and students to these seminars. You may get all the recordings and updates on upcoming talks on this website.         



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Spring 2024

Alberto Abbondandolo  (Bochum, Germany)

Title:  Shortest periodic orbits

Updated Schedule:  March 22, 2024   at 10:00 AM PKST (Friday)

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Jürgen Herzog  (Essen, Germany)

Title:  Rings of Teter type and the trace of the canonical module

Updated Schedule: February 12, 2024.  (04:00AM - 05:00AM) PKST

Frank Neumann  (Università degli Studi di Pavia) 

Title:  1+2+3+4+5+6+7+ ….=-1/12 or the Hidden Secrets of Mathematics

Updated Schedule: February 02, 2024.  (10:00AM - 11:00AM) PKST

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Daniele Angella  (Università di Firenze) 

Title:  Classification of surfaces: a path from topology to differential geometry to complex analysis

Updated Schedule: January 19, 2024.  (10:00AM - 11:00AM) PKST

Recording Link    Seminar Slides

Fall 2023

Nabil Mustafa (Université Sorbonne Paris Nord, France) 

Title:  Expansion in Planar Graphs

Updated Schedule: December 5, 2023.  (4:00PM - 5:00PM) PKST

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Peter Stevenhagen (Leiden University, Netherlands) 

Title:  Escher and Droste in Pakistan

Schedule: December 1, 2023.  (11:30AM - 12:30PM) PKST

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Emanuela De Negri (Dipartimento di Matematica, Università di Genova, Genova , Italy) 

Title:  Cartwright-Sturmfel Ideals of graphs and linear spaces

Schedule: TBA, 2023, 2023.  (4:00PM - 5:00PM) PKST

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TBA (University , TBA) 

Title:  TBA

Schedule: TBA, 2023.  (4:00PM - 5:00PM) PKST

Charlene Kalle (Leiden University, Netherlands) 

Title:  Normal numbers in various number systems

Schedule: November 24, 2023  (10:30AM - 11:30AM) PKST

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Špela Špenko (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium) 

Title:  HMS Symmetries and Hypergeometric Systems

Schedule: November 17, 2023 (11:30 AM - 12:30 PM) PKST (Friday) 

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Andrea Solotar (Universidad de Buenos Aires , Argentina) 

Title:  About Han's conjecture

Schedule: October 23, 2023.  (4:00PM - 5:00PM) PKST

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Hassan Azad (Professor KFUPM, KSA) 


Schedule: October 16, 2023.  (4:00PM - 5:00PM) PKST

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Marco Abate (University of Pisa , Italy) 

Title:  In Search of lost roots

Schedule: October 13, 2023.  (10:00AM - 11:00AM) PKST

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Stefano Luzzatto  (Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy)

Title:  Fractal Geometry in Nature and Mathematics

Schedule: September 22, 2023.  (3:00PM - 4:00PM) PKST

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Michael Joswig (Technischen Universität Berlin , Germany) 

Title:  What does tropical geometry tell us about linear programming?

Schedule: September 18, 2023.  (4:00PM - 5:00PM) PKST

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Imre Barany (UniversityAlfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics, Hungary) 

Title:  Vector-sum theorems, their relatives and applications

Schedule: September 11, 2023.  (4:00PM - 5:00PM) PKST

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Balázs Szendrői (University of Vienna , Austria) 

Title:  Polytopes and graded rings

Schedule: September 04, 2023.  (4:00PM - 5:00PM) PKST

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Khalid Saifullah (Quaid-i-Azam University , Pakistan) 

Title:  Using Lie Symmetries to Solve Einstein’s Field Equations

Schedule: August 07, 2023.  (4:00PM - 5:00PM) PKST

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Spring 2023

Peter Hines (University of York , UK) 

Title:  On Conway's proof of undecidability in Elementary Arithmetic

Schedule: March 20, 2023.  (4:00PM - 5:00PM) PKST 

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Volkmar Welker (Philipps-Universität Marburg , Germany) 

Title:  Spaces or real polynomials with restricted root multiplicities

Schedule: March 06, 2023.  (4:00PM - 5:00PM) PKST 

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Vidit Nanda (University of Oxford, UK) 

Title:  Path signatures in topology, dynamics and data

Schedule: February 20, 2023.  (4:00PM - 5:00PM) PKST 

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José F. Alves (University of Porto, Portugal) 

Title:  Inducing and deducing in chaotic dynamics

Schedule: February 06, 2023.  (4:00PM - 5:00PM) PKST 

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Karim Adiprasito (Einstein Institute of Mathematics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)

Title: Combinatorial Hodge and Lefschetz theory 

Schedule: January 30, 2023.  (4:00PM - 5:00PM) PKST 

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Junaid Razzaq (University of Bologna, ltaly)

Title: Grassmannian Supermanifolds: An Introduction 

Schedule: January 16, 2023.  (4:00PM - 5:00PM) PKST 

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Nabil Mustafa (Université Sorbonne Paris Nord, France) 

Title:  Expansion in Planar Graphs

Updated Schedule: December 5, 2023.  (4:00PM - 5:00PM) PKST

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