##### Department of Mathematics,

University of California San Diego

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### Food for Thought

## Srivatsa Srinivas

#### UCSD

## Interesting Results from Abstract Nonsense I

##### Abstract:

Dear Math Enthusiast, have you ever been afraid that mathematics contains nothing of substance? Are you afraid of realizing that, maybe, all the proofs near and dear to you are actually easy corollaries of some deeper, horrendous technicality with no interesting geometric, number-theoretic, algebraic, combinatorial, or analytic interpretation? Well, you are in luck! We will be providing the simulation of such an experience. In this week's Food for Thought talk, we will present interesting problems, such as a solution to a version of Fermat's Last Theorem in a field with large enough characteristic, only to realize that these problems boil down to dry logical tricks!

### February 21, 2020

### 12:00 PM

### AP&M 5402

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