Web page for David Vogan
My office is Room 2355, at MIT.
Telephone: 6172534991
Email: dav at math.mit.edu
Fax 6172534358.
Acknowledgements
I have followed the department's instructions
for creating a home page, and copied the home page of Richard Melrose. I regret the
inevitable errors that this process must have introduced.
Pictures
With evergrowing admiration and constant
affection, here are a few pictures of Fokko du
Cloux.
Like everyone in the world, I play a small part in a YouTube video.
Since the video is less than fifteen minutes long, I look forward to more
fame in the future.
There is a small collection of family
pictures; separately you can look at Venice, where Lois and I celebrated our 30th
anniversary, (or with small pictures.)
Lois and Allison's trip to see Jonathan in
Brazil, a collection of mathrelated
pictures, and (at the instigation of Tony Chiang) a collection of
studio portraits of me. There are also pictures
from my trip to China in July and August of
2004; these are also available as small
pictures.
Teaching
Spring 2019:
Spring 2018:
Fall 2017:
Spring 2017:
Fall 2016:
Older course sites.
Mathematics

The MIT
Lie Groups Seminar meets Wednesdays at 4:30 in 2142 in Fall 2018, starting September 5.

Some of my papers, (including slides from an introduction to the orbit
method given at Bert Kostant's birthday conference in May, 2008), and my
vita as a pdf file.

Jeff Adams is leading an effort to bring the clarity and
reliability of hardware documentation to unitary representation
theory. The working title of the project is The Atlas of Lie Groups and
Representations and you can find a (constantly growing) collection
of interesting mathematics there.

The Mathematics
Genealogy Project. This is a database of mathematics thesis
advisors and their students. Find out who your mathematical second
cousins are, and whether you would go to Thanksgiving dinner with
them.

The AMS electronic journal Representation
Theory
 Group representer Brian Boe has a
collection of links to other representation theory people, and to some of their
papers on the arXiv.
 Johan de Jong
has instituted a system for numerically evaluating mathematicians. I
am happy to participate in this noble endeavor.

The AMSRefs version of my file of
references. These are the papers that
appeared in bibliographies of papers written since I started using a
computer. Slightly (that is, eight years) less uptodate is
AMSTeX version of the file.

Along these lines, you can visit
Paul Garrett's
references, which are for automorphic forms, Lfunctions, and
representation theory.

There is a wonderful site at the University of St. Andrews for mathematical
history, including biographies of more than a thousand
mathematicians.

Here is a list of errata for Lectures on the Orbit Method, by
A.A. Kirillov (Graduate Studies in Mathematics, Volume 64, American
Mathematical Society, 2004), available as a dvi
file, a postscript file, or a pdf file. This is the version of November 18,
2005; I will make updates if people are kind enough to send
corrections. There is also a draft of a
review of the book.
Characters of E_{8}
Here are the slides for a version of the lecture "The character table of E_{8}," in the version delivered at WPI on September 15, 2011. There was an article published in the
AMS Notices of October 2007, describing the mathematical problem and
its history more completely. The historical aspects of this article
(contained in a sentence or two on page 1128) were inaccurate. You
can find here a revision that tries
harder.
You can also look at the AIM web
site on the subject for a nontechnical introduction. A detailed
discussion of the software difficulties attached to the size of the
calculation is in Marc van Leeuwen's
lecture. The best picture is a twodimensional projection of the root system of
E_{8}, made by John Stembridge from a
drawing by Peter McMullen.
There is a web page for
mathematicians who don't want to learn about this subject, written
by Fearless Project Leader Jeff Adams. If you do want to learn about the subject,
visit the Atlas of Lie Groups and
Representations.
Richard Duffy has kindly (to me; YMMV)
provided an mp3 audio file for the E8
lecture. Michael Breen edited out some of the "ums," but didn't
completely succeed in making me sound like Laurence Olivier.
For an extremely nontechnical account, go to
Amazon's
web page for the thriller The Wheel of Darkness, by
Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Click on
"look inside," and search for "E8".
A list of my current PhD students
 Lucas MasonBrown (lmbrown at mit.edu)
I was a student of Bertram Kostant, finishing in 1976.
A list of my graduated students (there's no such category as "former"
student)

MS: 2009

Tonghoon Suk (tonghoon.suk at gmail.com)

PhD: 2008

Jerin Gu (zerin at mit.edu)

Miki Havlickova (marketa.havlickova at yale.edu)

PhD: 2007

Chuying Fang (cyfang224 at gmail.com)

MS: 2005
 Karen Bernhardt

Nicholas McCarthy

PhD: 2004

Alessandra Pantano
(alessandra.pantano at gmail.com)

Wai Ling Yee (wlyee at math.uwindsor.ca)

PhD: 2000

Wentang Kuo
(wtkuo at math.uwaterloo.ca)

Dana Pascovici (dana.pascovici at gmail.com)

PhD: 1999

Adam Lucas (alucas at clausius.ucsf.edu)

PhD: 1996

Diko Mihov (mihov at deshaw.com)

PhD: 1992

Eugenio Garnica (garnica at servidor.unam.mx)

William Graham
(wag at math.uga.edu)

PhD: 1989

JingSong Huang (mahuang at uxmail.ust.hk)
 Iwan Pranata (Iwan.Praton at FANDM.EDU)

PhD: 1988

Hisayosi Matumoto (hisayosi at ms.utokyo.ac.jp)

PhD: 1987

Jesper BangJensen

William McGovern (mcgovern at math.washington.edu)

James Schwartz
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