Svetlana Zhitomirskaya, the mathematician behind the solution to quantum mechanics’ “ten Martinis problem”

Svetlana Zhitomirskaya, the mathematician behind the solution to quantum mechanics' "ten Martinis problem"
  • Margarita Rodriguez
  • BBC News World

photo credit, Courtesy: UCI Physical Sciences

There is one type of butterfly that has fascinated Professor Svetlana Zhitomirskaya for years.

This led her to look at a mathematical problem presented in 1981.

“The Hofstadter’s butterfly is a very pleasant thing to look at,” he says.

It is a graphical representation developed by the scientist Douglas Hofstadter in the 1970s of a fractal set and played an important role in quantum mechanics.

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