
Florin
Diacu
Professor of Mathematics

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Florin Diacu
Professor of Mathematics
 Address:
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
University of Victoria
P.O. Box 1700 STN CSC
Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 2Y2
 Office: David Turpin Building
A543
 Phone: (250) 7216330
 Fax: (250) 7218962
 Email:
Degrees:
 Ph.D. in MathematicsUniversity
of Heidelberg, Germany, 1989
 Diploma in MathematicsUniversity
of Bucharest, Romania, 1983
Notable Awards:
 2015  J.D. Crawford Prize;
"for
the novel approach to the nbody problem in curved space, blending
dynamical systems, differential geometry, and geometric and celestial
mechanics in a lucid, inspirational manner."
 2011  Outstanding Academic
Book Award for Megadisasters:
The Science of Predicting the Next Catastrophe, Princeton and
Oxford Univ. Press
 1996  Outstanding Academic Book Award for Celestial EncountersThe Origins of Chaos
and Stability, Princeton Univ. Press
 1996  Prize of the
American Romanian Academy of Arts and Sciences
Administrative Positions:
 VicePresident of the Canadian Mathematical Society, 20152017
Research Interests:
 dynamical systems
 mathematical physics
 history and philosophy of mathematics
Graduate Students:
 Lennard Bakker, M.Sc. 1993, Arnold Diffusion
in the Elliptic Restricted Planar ThreeBody Problem
 Mona Popescu, M.Sc. 1994, The Theorem of Von
Zeipel for Quasihomogeneous Potentials
 Cristina Stoica, Ph.D. 2000, Particle Systems
with
Quasihomogeneous Interaction
 Manuele Santoprete, Ph.D. 2003, Qualitative
Properties of
the Anisotropic Manev Problem (awarded the Governor
General's Gold Medal in 2004 at the University of
Victoria)
 Bogdan Verjinschi, M.Sc. 2003, The Sitnikov
Problem
for Manevtype Potentials
 Robert Jones, M.Sc. 2006, The NBody Problem
with RepulsiveAttractive Quasihomogeneous Potential Functions
 Victor Paraschiv, M.Sc., 2011, Homographic
Solutions of the Quasihomogeneous nBody Problem
 Shima Kordlou, M.Sc., 2013, Rotopulsators of the
curved NBody Problem
 Crystal Lind, M.Sc., 2014, The
Gravitational VlasovPoisson System on the Unit 2Sphere with Initial
Data along a Great Circle
 Shengyi Shen, M.Sc., 2014, Vlasov’s
Equation on a Great Circle and the Landau Damping Phenomenon
 Shuqiang Zhu, Ph.D., in progress
 Shengyi Shen, Ph.D., in progress
 Juan Sanchez Cerritos, Ph.D., in progress
 Sawsan Alhowaity, Ph.D., in progress
Recent Research:
Publications:
 F. Diacu, Megadisasters:
The Science of Predicting the Next Catastrophe,
Oxford University Press, Oxford, U.K. and Princeton
University Press, Princeton, N.J., 2009/10 (Translations: Japanese,
Chinese,). In 2011, it made the list of "Outstanding
Academic
Books" of 2010 for "Choice Magazine," world's top academic reviewer.
From the citation: [Florin]
Diacu (Univ. of Victoria, Canada) is a mathematician who uses his
professional and outstanding literary skills to provide a remarkable
analysis of the "science" of prediction. His chapter topics range from
tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and cosmic impacts to
financial crashes and pandemics. Perhaps the most remarkable chapter
deals with climate change. All these subjects are highly germane to the
present world society awash with levels of communication hardly
envisaged 10 or 20 years ago. Diacu's great depth of historical
knowledge, penetrating insights, and familiarity with the associated
literature has led to an erudite yet easily readable approach that
retains critical scientific impact. In an age where the news media and
large sections of society seem to feast on dire predictions and the
threat of many "imminent" disasters, Megadisasters should be required
reading for all intelligent human beings. Summing Up: Highly
recommended. All levels/libraries.
 F. Diacu and P. Holmes, Celestial
EncountersThe Origins of Chaos
and Stability,
Princeton University Press, Princeton, N.J., 1996. (Translations:
Romanian, 1996; Chinese, 2001; Greek, 2001; Hungarian, 2003; Japanese
2004, Russian, 2004.) In 1997, it also made the list of "Outstanding
Academic Books" of 1996 for "Choice Magazine."
Selected Papers