Andrew Campbell (CU Boulder) On the number of Prussian soldiers killed each year by horse kicks

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In 1898 Ladislaus Bortkiewicz showed that the number of Prussian soldiers killed accidentally by horse kicks in a year follows a Poisson distribution. Since then the Poisson distribution and Poisson point processes have found numerous applications in engineering, physics, finance, biology, ecology, etc. We will ignore almost all of these and instead look at the Poisson process in random geometric graphs and random linear operators.