A Hungarian Feast of Applied Mathematics
If asked to name one Hungarian dish, almost everyone would say ``goulash’’, even though there is no shortage of other traditional Hungarian foods. This relationship is reversed when mathematicians are asked to name John von Neumann’s most important contributions. People tend to believe that his special interest was in their field, and they are often correct. The speaker will highlight a selection of areas in which von Neumann took a non-trivial interest, illustrating modern ramifications.