Chance and Regularity


Chance and Regularity


Mark Kac


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(This information was taken from the Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series Program 1980-81).

Dr. Kac was born in Krzemieniec, Poland and received his Ph.D. there at the John Casimir University. He came to the United States in 1938 under a Parnas Foundation fellowship to do re search at the Johns Hopkins University. From 1939 to 1961, he was a member of the mathematics faculty at Cornell University and since 1961, has been a professor of mathematics and theoretical physics at Rockefeller University. He was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study (1951-52), and has served as a visiting professor or lecturer at the University of Leiden, Oxford University, the Universite Libre of Brussels, the Rijks Universiteit at Utrecht, and the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. Dr. Kac has twice won the Chauvenet Prize of the Mathematical Association of America, and he is the recipient of the 1976 Alfred Jurzykowski Foundation Award in Science and of the 1978 Birkhoff Prize, given jointly by the American Mathematical Society and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

Dr. Kac is an authority on probability theory, particularly its use in mathematical analysis and statistical physics. He has published many articles and two books, Probability and Related Topics of Physical Sciences (1959) and, with S. Ulam, Mathematics and Logic: Retrospect and Prospects (1968). Dr. Kac will speak on "Chance and Regularity" in nature as well as in mathematics.



Creation Date

October 18, 1980

Chance and Regularity