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Noted Mathematician to Present Annual Dalrymple Lecture

Michal Karonski, professor of mathematics at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland and Emory University in Atlanta, is to discuss “Random Graphs: From Paul Erdos To The Internet” during a lecture Nov. 19 at the University of Mississippi.

The event, set for 6 p.m. in Lewis Hall, Room 101, is sponsored by the UM Department of Mathematics as part of its Dalrymple Lecture Series. It is free and open to the public.

Karonski plans to examine the work of Paul Erdos, one of the greatest mathematicians of the 20th century, and Erdos’ collaboration with Alfred Renyi on the theory of random graphs, which studies how large and complex systems evolve when randomness of the relations between their elements is incurred.

Karonski once served as dean of the faculty of mathematics and computer science at Adam Mickiewicz University. Internationally, he is known as a specialist in the theory of random structures, leading a group of younger scholars devoted to research in that area of mathematics.

“In my talk, I will sketch the long journey of this theory from the pioneering Erdos era to modern attempts to model properties of large real-world networks which grow unpredictably, including the Internet, World Wide Web, peer-to-peer, social, neural and metabolic networks,” Karonski said.

The Dalrymple Lecture Series was endowed by Mr. and Mrs. Arch Dalrymple II of Amory. It brings lecturers to discuss mathematics and mathematics research of interest to the general public. Arch Dalrymple attended Cornell University, Amherst College and UM, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1947.

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