David Nguyen (Queen’s University)


Friday March 17, 2023
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm


Jeffery Hall, Room 234

Math & Stats Department Colloquium

Friday, March 17th, 2023

Time: 2:30 p.m.  Place: Jeffery Hall, Room 234

Speaker: David Nguyen (Queen’s University)

Title: Primes and Divisors: A Tale of Breaking Through Barriers

Abstract: Prime number theory is a branch of number theory and mathematics dedicated to studying prime numbers. In this colloquium, we will explore this fascinating world of prime numbers through their history—including the Bombieri-Vinogradov theorem, the Goldbach and twin prime conjectures—and their connection to the generalized Riemann hypothesis. In the second half of the talk, I will try to explain how my work on the distributions of divisor type functions can be used to study primes and other problems in number theory.

David Nguyen (DAYvid GWIN) is a postdoctoral fellow at Queen’s University, joining the Department last year in August 2022. Before heading north to Canada, he was an FRG postdoc at the American Institute of Mathematics (2021-2022), funded by the NSF. Nguyen obtained his Ph.D. in 2021 from the University of California at Santa Barbara trained under Prof. Yitang Zhang. In addition to conducting his research in number theory, David thoroughly enjoys spreading his enthusiasm for mathematics through teaching students.