Sergiu Klainerman Professor

Princeton University
Mathematics Department

1108 Fine Hall
Princeton, NJ 08544-5263

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General Relativity and Analysis at Princeton

General Relativity and Analysis at Princeton, is a recently established center dedicated to mathematical GR and its applications. For details click here or on the logo to see the GRAP web page.

I am a PDE analyst mainly interested in General Relativity. My current interests are on the mathematical theory of black holes more precisely on their rigidity and stability. I am also interested on the issue of the dynamic formation of trapped surfaces and singularities.


"A man's mind grows narrow in a narrow place, whose mind is enlarged only because he has lived in a large place: but what is got by books and thinking is preserved in a narrow place as well as in a large place. A man cannot know modes of life as well in [Princeton] as in London; but he may study mathematicks as well in [Princeton]." Samuel Johnson

"...I had the occasion to ask him [Henry Moore] how one should view sculptures: from afar or from near by. Moore's response was that the greatest sculptures can be viewed -- indeed, should be viewed -- from all distances since new aspects of beauty will be revealed in every scale. Moore cited the sculptures of Michelangelo as examples: from the excellence of their entire proportion to the graceful delicacy of the fingernails. The mathematical perfectness of the black holes of Nature is, similarily, revealed at every level by some strangeness in the proportion in conformity of the parts to one another and to the whole."- Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar

Relativity, explained!

relativity joke

Current courses:

  • during the Fall Semester 2012 I will be at Columbia University

Current Graduate Students

  • Sung-Jin Oh
  • Philip Isett
  • An Xianling

Future engagements, 2012

  • Paris, May-June
  • Macel Grossmann Conference, Stockholm 1 July
  • Workshop in nonlinear dispersive equations, Ascona, Switzeland, July 2-7
  • Columbia Univ. Fall semester