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From the Editor

Enjoy the Joint Mathematics Meetings from near or afar through our lecture sampler and our feature on Hodge Theory, the subject of a JMM Current Events Bulletin Lecture. This month's Graduate Student Section includes an interview with Arthur Benjamin, "WHAT IS...a Complex Symmetric Operator?" and the latest "Lego Graduate Student" craze. The BackPage announces the October caption contest winner and presents a new caption contest for January. As always, comments are welcome on our webpage. And if you're not already a member of the AMS, I hope you'll consider joining, not just because you will receive each issue of these Notices but because you believe in our goal of supporting and opening up mathematics. —Frank Morgan, Editor-in-Chief

JMM 2017 Lecture Sampler

Barry Simon, Alice Silverberg, Lisa Jeffrey, Gigliola Staffilani, Anna Wienhard, Donald St. P. Richards, Tobias Holck Colding, Wilfrid Gangbo and Ingrid Daubechies

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Graduate Students

January 2017
Volume 64 · Issue 01

Groups and Physics—Dogmatic Opinions of a Senior Citizen, by A. John Coleman

When Weyl and Wigner first began to introduce group-theoretic methods into quantum theory, many physicists regarded it as the "Gruppenpest." Coleman's historical survey of the role of group theory in physics describes its transformation from a pest into a fundamental tool.

 

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