Note 22/10/2012: This talk has been cancelled because of ill-health.
Van Vu (Yale) will speak in the Pure Mathematics Colloquium at Queen Mary on Monday, 22 October 2012, at 4:00pm in room M103 (Mathematical Sciences building). Please note the change of time! The title is Random matrices: Law of the determinant.
We will discuss the obvious question raised in the title. The problem has been considered for quite a while, with partial results from Turan, Komlos, Dixon, Girko, Delannay-Le Caer, Dembo and many others.
We will give a brief survey and then focus on recent results of Tao, Nguyen, and the speaker which give answers for quite general setting. If time allows, we will also discuss a few open questions.