Title: A completely accessible and historically motivated introduction to The Theory of Partitions and its connections to number theory, combinatorics, group theory, continued fractions, statistical mechanics, complex analysis, patience, chess, and ping-pong.
Abstract: In this talk, we take a whirlwind tour of the theory of partitions. Beautiful results from this area's rich history will be presented, and the connections between partition theory and many other fields will be discussed. The talk will be aimed at the partition-theoretically uninitiated, and should be accessible to everyone.
* Pizza and soda will be served!