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Department of Mathematics

Chair

  • Kevin Corlette

Professors

  • Laszlo Babai, Computer Science and Mathematics
  • Guillaume Bal, Statistics and Mathematics
  • Alexander A. Beilinson
  • Danny Calegari
  • Francesco Calegari
  • Kevin Corlette
  • Jack D. Cowan
  • Marianna Csörnyei
  • Vladimir Drinfeld
  • Todd Dupont, Computer Science and Mathematics
  • Matthew Emerton
  • Alex Eskin
  • Benson Farb
  • Robert A. Fefferman
  • Victor Ginzburg
  • Denis Hirschfeldt
  • Kazuya Kato
  • Carlos E. Kenig
  • Steven Lalley, Statistics and Mathematics
  • Gregory Lawler, Mathematics and Statistics
  • J. Peter May
  • Andre Neves
  • Bao Châu Ngô
  • Madhav Vithal Nori
  • Alexander Razborov, Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Luis Silvestre
  • Charles Smart
  • Panagiotis Souganidis
  • Sidney Webster
  • Shmuel Weinberger
  • Amie Wilkinson
  • Robert Zimmer

Associate Professors

  • Roger Lee
  • Maryanthe Malliaris

Assistant Professors

  • Aaron Brown
  • Tsao-Hsien Chen
  • Sebastian Hurtado-Salazar
  • Nikita Rozenblyum

Instructors

  • Maxime Bergeron
  • George Boxer
  • DaRong Cheng
  • Chenjie Fan
  • William Feldman
  • Boaz Haberman
  • Nate Harman
  • Vivian Healey
  • Christopher Henderson
  • Kasia Jankiewicz
  • Lien-Yung Kao
  • Asaf Katz
  • Brian Lawrence
  • Xinyi Li
  • Gus Lonergan
  • Akhil Mathew
  • Henrik Matthieson
  • Dana Mendelson
  • Marco Mendez-Guaraco
  • Cornelia Mihaila
  • Abdalla Dali Nimer
  • Lue Pan
  • Antoni Rangachev
  • Beniada Shabani
  • Caroline Terry
  • Kurt Vinhage
  • Dylan Wilson
  • Disheng Xu

Emeritus Faculty

  • Jonathan Alperin
  • Spencer Bloch
  • George Glauberman
  • Robert Kottwitz
  • Norman Lebovitz
  • Arunas L. Liulevicius
  • Matam P. Murthy
  • Niels Nygaard
  • Melvin G. Rothenberg
  • L. Ridgway Scott, Computer Science and Mathematics
  • Robert I. Soare, Computer Science and Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics provides a comprehensive education in mathematics which takes place in a stimulating environment of intensive research activity. The graduate program includes both pure and applied areas of mathematics. Ten to fifteen graduate courses are offered every quarter. Several seminars take place every afternoon. There is an active visitors program with mathematicians from around the world coming for periods from a few days to a few months. There are four major lecture series each year: the Adrian Albert Lectures in Algebra, the Antoni Zygmund and Alberto Calderón Lectures in Analysis, the Unni Namboodiri Lectures in Topology, and the Charles Amick Lectures in Applied Mathematics. The activities of the department take place in Eckhart and Ryerson Halls. The Departments of Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics have several joint appointments, and they coordinate their activities. 

Graduate Degrees in Mathematics

The graduate program of the Department of Mathematics is oriented towards students who intend to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics on the basis of work done in mathematics. The Department also offers the degree of Master of Science in mathematics, which is acquired as the student proceeds on to the Ph.D. degree. Students are not admitted with the Master of Science degree as their final objective. In addition, the department offers a separate Master of Science in Financial Mathematics degree program which is taught in the evenings. See the program listing for Financial Mathematics for more information.

The divisional requirements for these degrees can be found in the section on the Physical Sciences Division in these Announcements. Otherwise, the requirements are as follows.

The Degree of Master of Science

The candidate must pass, the nine basic first year graduate courses in the areas of

Algebra
MATH 32500Algebra I100
MATH 32600Algebra II100
MATH 32700Algebra III100
Analysis
MATH 31200Analysis I100
MATH 31300Analysis II100
MATH 31400Analysis III100
Topology
MATH 31700Topology and Geometry I100
MATH 31800Topology/Geometry-2100
MATH 31900Topology/Geometry - 3100

At the beginning of each quarter a placement exam is offered for each of the courses above. Students who pass the exam can place out of the course, but must take another course in a related area.

The Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

For admission to candidacy for the Doctor of Philosophy, an applicant must demonstrate the ability to meet both the divisional requirements and the departmental requirements for admission.

The applicant must satisfy the above mentioned requirements for the degree of Master of Science in mathematics.

The applicant must satisfactorily complete a topic exam. This exam covers material that is chosen by the student in consultation with members of the department and is studied independently. The topic presentation is normally made by the end of the student’s second year of graduate study, and includes both a written proposal and an oral presentation and exam.

The applicant must also successfully complete the department’s program of preparatory training in the effective teaching of mathematics in the English language at a level commensurate with the level of instruction at the University of Chicago.

After successful completion of the topic presentations, the student is expected to begin research towards the dissertation under the guidance of a member of the department. The remaining requirements are to:

  1. Complete a dissertation containing original, substantial, and publishable mathematical results
  2. Present the contents of the dissertation in an open lecture
  3. Pass an oral examination based both on the dissertation and the field of mathematics in which it lies

A joint Ph.D. in Mathematics and Computer Science is also offered. To be admitted to the joint program, students must be admitted by both departments as follows. Each student in this program will have a primary program (either Math or CS). Students apply to their primary program. Once admitted, they can apply to the secondary program for admission to the joint program. This secondary application can occur either before they enter the program or any time during their first four years in their primary program. Simultaneous applications to both programs will also be considered (one of the programs being designated as primary).

Students enrolling in this program need to satisfy the course requirements of both departments. They have to satisfy the course requirements of their primary program on the schedule of that program, and satisfy the course requirements of their secondary program by the end of their fifth year. They also need to satisfy the exanimation requirements of their primary program, and are expected to write a dissertation in an area relevant to both fields.

Mathematics Courses

MATH 30200-30300-30400. Computability Theory-1; Computability Theory-2; Computability Theory-3.

The courses in this sequence are offered in alternate years.

MATH 30200. Computability Theory I. 100 Units.

We investigate the computability and relative computability of functions and sets. Topics include mathematical models for computations, basic results such as the recursion theorem, computably enumerable sets, and priority methods.

Instructor(s): D. Hirschfeldt     Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): Consent of department counselor. MATH 25500 or consent of instructor.
Equivalent Course(s): CMSC 38000

MATH 30300. Computability Theory II. 100 Units.

CMSC 38100 treats classification of sets by the degree of information they encode, algebraic structure and degrees of recursively enumerable sets, advanced priority methods, and generalized recursion theory.

Instructor(s): D. Hirschfeldt     Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): Consent of department counselor. MATH 25500 or consent of instructor.
Equivalent Course(s): CMSC 38100

MATH 30400. Computability Theory-3. 100 Units.

MATH 31200-31300-31400. Analysis I-II-III.

Analysis I-II-III

MATH 31200. Analysis I. 100 Units.

Topics include: Measure theory and Lebesgue integration, harmonic functions on the disk and the upper half plane, Hardy spaces, conjugate harmonic functions, Introduction to probability theory, sums of independent variables, weak and strong law of large numbers, central limit theorem, Brownian motion, relation with harmonic functions, conditional expectation, martingales, ergodic theorem, and other aspects of measure theory in dynamics systems, geometric measure theory, Hausdorff measure.

Terms Offered: Autumn
Prerequisite(s): MATH 26200, 27000, 27200, and 27400; and consent of director or co-director of undergraduate studies

MATH 31300. Analysis II. 100 Units.

Topics include: Hilbert spaces, projections, bounded and compact operators, spectral theorem for compact selfadjoint operators, unbounded selfadjoint operators, Cayley transform, Banach spaces, Schauder bases, Hahn-Banach theorem and its geometric meaning, uniform boundedness principle, open mapping theorem, Frechet spaces, applications to elliptic partial differential equations, Fredholm alternative.

Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): MATH 31200

MATH 31400. Analysis III. 100 Units.

Topics include: Basic complex analysis, Cauchy theorem in the homological formulation, residues, meromorphic functions, Mittag-Leffler theorem, Gamma and Zeta functions, analytic continuation, mondromy theorem, the concept of a Riemann surface, meromorphic differentials, divisors, Riemann-Roch theorem, compact Riemann surfaces, uniformization theorem, Green functions, hyperbolic surfaces, covering spaces, quotients.

Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): MATH 31300

MATH 31700-31800-31900. Topology and Geometry I-II-III.

Topology and Geometry I-II-III

MATH 31700. Topology and Geometry I. 100 Units.

Topics include: Fundamental group, covering space theory and Van Kampen's theorem (with a discussion of free and amalgamated products of groups), homology theory (singular, simplicial, cellular), cohomology theory, Mayer-Vietoris, cup products, Poincare Duality, Lefschetz fixed-point theorem, some homological algebra (including the Kunneth and universal coefficient theorems), higher homotopy groups, Whitehead's theorem, exact sequence of a fibration, obstruction theory, Hurewicz isomorphism theorem.

Terms Offered: Autumn
Prerequisite(s): MATH 26200, 27000, 27200, and 27400; and consent of director or co-director of undergraduate studies

MATH 31800. Topology/Geometry-2. 100 Units.

Topics include: Definition of manifolds, tangent and cotangent bundles, vector bundles. Inverse and implicit function theorems. Sard's theorem and the Whitney embedding theorem. Degree of maps. Vector fields and flows, transversality, and intersection theory. Frobenius' theorem, differential forms and the associated formalism of pullback, wedge product, integration, etc. Cohomology via differential forms, and the de Rham theorem. Further topics may include: compact Lie groups and their representations, Morse theory, cobordism, and differentiable structures on the sphere.

Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): MATH 31700

MATH 31900. Topology/Geometry - 3. 100 Units.

Topics include: Riemannian metrics, connections and curvature on vector bundles, the Levi-Civita connection, and the multiple interpretations of curvature. Geodesics and the associated variational formalism (formulas for the 1st and 2nd variation of length), the exponential map, completeness, and the influence of curvature on the topological structure of a manifold (positive versus negative curvature). Lie groups. The Chern-Weil description of characteristic classes, the Gauss-Bonnet theorem, and possibly the Hodge Theorem.

Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): MATH 31800

MATH 32500-32600-32700. Algebra I-II-III.

Algebra I-II-III

MATH 32500. Algebra I. 100 Units.

Topics include: Representation theory of finite groups, including symmetric groups and finite groups of Lie type; group rings; Schur functors; induced representations and Frobenius reciprocity; representation theory of Lie groups and Lie algebras, highest weight theory, Schur-Weyl duality; applications of representation theory in various parts of mathematics.

Terms Offered: Autumn
Prerequisite(s): MATH 25700-25800-25900, and consent of director or co-director of undergraduate studies

MATH 32600. Algebra II. 100 Units.

This course will explain the dictionary between commutative algebra and algebraic geometry. Topics will include the following. Commutative ring theory; Noetherian property; Hilbert Basis Theorem; localization and local rings; etc. Algebraic geometry: affine and projective varieties, ring of regular functions, local rings at points, function fields, dimension theory, curves, higher-dimensional varieties.

Terms Offered: Winter
Prerequisite(s): MATH 32500

MATH 32700. Algebra III. 100 Units.

According to the inclinations of the instructor, this course may cover: algebraic number theory; homological algebra; further topics in algebraic geometry and/or representation theory.

Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): MATH 32600

MATH 34100. Geometric Literacy-1. 100 Units.

This ongoing course might be subtitled: "what every good geometer should know". The topics will intersperse more elementary background with topics close to current research, and should be understandable to second year students. The individual modules (2-5 weeks each) might be logically interrelated, but we will try to maintain a "modular structure" so that people who are willing to assume certain results as "black boxes" will be able to follow more advanced modules before formally learning all the prerequisites. This years topics might include: basics of symplectic geometry, harmonic maps in geometry, pseudo-Anosov homeomorphisms and Thurston's compactification of Teichmuller space, algebraic geometry for non-algebraic geometers. Prereq: First year graduate sequence.

Instructor(s): Benson Farb     Terms Offered: Autumn
Prerequisite(s): First year graduate sequence.

MATH 34200. Geometric Literacy-2. 100 Units.

This ongoing course might be subtitled: "what every good geometer should know". The topics will intersperse more elementary background with topics close to current research, and should be understandable to second year students. The individual modules (2-5 weeks each) might be logically interrelated, but we will try to maintain a "modular structure" so that people who are willing to assume certain results as "black boxes" will be able to follow more advanced modules before formally learning all the prerequisites. This years topics might include: basics of symplectic geometry, harmonic maps in geometry, pseudo-Anosov homeomorphisms and Thurston's compactification of Teichmuller space, algebraic geometry for non-algebraic geometers. Prereq: First year graduate sequence.

MATH 34300. Geometric Literacy - 3. 100 Units.

This ongoing course might be subtitled: "what every good geometer should know". The topics will intersperse more elementary background with topics close to current research, and should be understandable to second year students. The individual modules (2-5 weeks each) might be logically interrelated, but we will try to maintain a "modular structure" so that people who are willing to assume certain results as "black boxes" will be able to follow more advanced modules before formally learning all the prerequisites. This years topics might include: basics of symplectic geometry, harmonic maps in geometry, pseudo-Anosov homeomorphisms and Thurston's compactification of Teichmuller space, algebraic geometry for non-algebraic geometers. Prereq: First year graduate sequence.

Instructor(s): Benson Farb     Terms Offered: Spring
Prerequisite(s): First year graduate sequence.

MATH 36000. Proseminar: Topology. 100 Units.

This informal proseminar is devoted to topics in algebraic topology and neighboring fields. Talks are given by graduate students, postdocs, and senior faculty. They range from basic background through current research.

Instructor(s): Staff

MATH 36100. Topology Proseminar. 100 Units.

This informal "proseminar" is devoted to topics in algebraic topology and neighboring fields. Talks are given by graduate students, postdocs, and senior faculty. They range from basic background through current research.

Instructor(s): J. Peter May     Terms Offered: Winter

MATH 36200. Topology Proseminar. 100 Units.

The Spring proseminar is a more formal version of the Fall and Winter topology proseminar. It will be taught primarily or completely by May, on topics of interest to the participants.

Instructor(s): J. Peter May     Terms Offered: Spring

MATH 47000. Geometric Langlands Seminar. 100 Units.

This seminar is devoted not only to the Geometric Langlands theory but also to related subjects (including topics in algebraic geometry, algebra and representation theory). We will try to learn some modern homological algebra (Kontsevich's A- infinity categories) and some "forgotten" parts of D- module theory (e.g. the microlocal approach).

Instructor(s): Alexander Beilinson, Vladimir Drinfeld     Terms Offered: Autumn

MATH 47100. Geometric Langlands Seminar. 100 Units.

The seminar is devoted to the Geometric Langlands theory and related subjects, which covers topics in algebraic geometry, algebra, and representation theory.

Instructor(s): Alexander Beilinson, Vladimir Drinfeld     Terms Offered: Winter

MATH 47200. Geometric Langlands Seminar. 100 Units.

The seminar is devoted to the Geometric Langlands theory and related subjects, which covers topics in algebraic geometry, algebra, and representation theory.

Instructor(s): Alexander Beilinson, Vladimir Drinfeld     Terms Offered: Spring

MATH 59900. Reading/Research: Mathematics. 300.00 Units.

Readings and Research for working on their PhD

MATH 70000. Advanced Study: Mathematics. 300.00 Units.

Advanced Study: Mathematics