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Casimir Force, Casimir Operators
and the Riemann Hypothesis
-- Mathematics for Innovation in Industry and Science--
NOTE:Prof. CAPASSO, Federico talk is Video lecture.
Prof. CONSANI, Caterina was canceled.
The year 2009 marks the 100th
birthday of Casimir and the 150th birthday of the Riemann hypothesis.
Actually the paper in which Riemann proposed the hypothesis was published in November 1859.
It was also the year when he was appointed as full-professor at Göttingen.
Casimir, known for the Casimir force in physics and Casimir operators in mathematics,
was director of Philips research for a long time in his career.
Casimir got his PhD in November 1931 at Leiden University and the named operators appeared
in his thesis. He is remembered for his outspoken opinion on the importance of fundamental
science for industry. There is a nice connection between Casimir and Riemann.
The Casimir force was first proven to exist theoretically, using the analytic continuation of
the Riemann zeta function. Recently the force was measured
left end of the photo is Casimir,
and the photo
is from annual report 1995/1996 Leiden University
Masato Wakayama (Kyushu University, Japan), chairman
Gerrit van Dijk (Leiden University, The Netherlands)
Roger Howe (Yale University, USA)
Evgeny Verbitskiy (Philips Research Laboratories, The Netherlands)
Masanobu Kaneko (Kyushu University, Japan)
Setsuo Taniguchi (Kyushu University, Japan)
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