From the Department of Mathemathics:
‘Von Neumann had many motivations from mathematics and physics in introducing what he called “Rings of operators” – certain algebras of operators on Hilbert space. I will give a definition suitable for those who remain shaky on the concept of Hilbert space, and explain how the subject has developed.
Lecture 1: “WHAT IS……A VON NEUMANN ALGEBRA?” – Monday, March 4, 3:30-4:30 PM, Phillips Hall 215
Lecture 2: “SUBFACTORS” – Tuesday, March 5, 4:00-5:00 PM, Phillips Hall 332
Lecture 3: “SUBFACTORS AND EVERYTHING” – Wednesday, March 6, 4:00-5:00 PM, Phillips Hall 332
There will be a reception in the Mathematics Faculty/Student Lounge on the third floor of Phillips Hall, Room 330, starting at 4:45 P.M. on Monday, March 4th. Refreshments will be available at 3:30 before the second and third lectures.’