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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Nash Distinguished Lecture Series

The Duality of Money - Walter Schachermayer

Noted mathematician Walter Schachermayer will give this year's Nash Lecture, titled "The Duality of Money." According to Schachermayer, the dual relationship between goods and their prices is a classical idea in economics. In his lecture, he will discuss current research on duality in modern and complex financial markets. Schachermayer is best known for combining functional analysis and stochastic analysis in the field of financial mathematics. He, with fellow mathematician Freddy Delbaen, proved the Fundamental Theorem of Asset Pricing in its general form. This theorem, first conjectured by economists in the 1970s, explains the relationship between the absence of arbitrage in financial markets and the existence of a probability measure that can be used to price derivative securities. Later, Schachermayer and Carnegie Mellon Professor Dmitry Kramkov established the definitive methodology for using duality to solve the problem of optimal investment in incomplete markets.

The talk will be at 4:30pm on Tuesday, September 7, in the Rashid Auditorium in the Hillman Center.

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