Record turnout for Atiyah’s Abel Lecture at ICM in Rio

1250 mathematicians from all over the world filled the big conference hall in Rio de Janeiro on Monday the 6th of August to listen to Sir Michael Atiyah’s  Abel Lecture, “The Future of Mathematical Physics: New ideas in old bottles”.

More people than ever before attended the Abel Lecture at ICM 2018 in Rio. From left to right: Sir Michael Atiyah, Kristian Ranestad and Jacob Palis.More people than ever before attended the Abel Lecture at ICM 2018 in Rio. From left to right: Sir Michael Atiyah, Kristian Ranestad and Jacob Palis.

After the lecture, the ICM organizers wrote on their website: “Michael Atiyah is a living math legend. At age 89, he shines bright with his keen mind and sharp sense of humor. Creating a magical atmosphere of wonder, he took hundreds of people on a journey through his mind, packed full of curiosity”.

Atiyah - who received the Abel Prize in 2004 together with Isadore Singer - was introduced by Jacob Palis, former president of IMU and also honorary president of the 2018 ICM in Rio. Palis was also a member of the Abel Committee when Atiyah and Singer received the Abel Prize. Kristian Ranestad from the Abel Board opened the event by giving the audience an introduction to the history of the Abel Prize. Before the lecture started a video presentation of the Abel Prize was shown to the audience.

Abstract

Mathematics and Physics have a rich and intricate history, going back at least to Pythagoras and Archimedes. In the last fifty years it has expanded in new directions but the future is uncertain. I propose to peer into the future using old ideas of Archimedes.

We still have much to learn from the wisdom of the past, as Abel demonstrated. I will illustrate my thoughts by simple examples such as the magical number pi.  What can it teach us today, two millennia after Archimedes discovered it?

The ICM News described Michael Atiyah’s lecture in this way: ” His sermon was weaved like a tapestry, going back and forth through the great minds of math and physics, intertwining history and discoveries with anecdotes and humor. Ultimately, he demonstrated the importance of looking back to some of math’s oldest ideas with a fresh gaze.

Read the whole story here:

http://www.icm2018.org/wp/2018/08/06/a-fantastic-journey-through-michael-atiyahs-mathematical-mind/

Kunnskapskanalen på NRK2 sender intervju med Langlands

Abelprisvinner Robert P. Langlands ble intervjuet foran et stort publikum på Det Norske Teatret av den britiske journalisten og forfatteren Alex Bellos. NRK2 sender intervjuet i sin helhet lørdag 22. september. Før intervjuet vises prisseremonien fra Universitetets Aula. Sendingen starter kl. 15.55.

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Viggo Brun-prisen opprettet ved Norsk matematisk forenings 100-årsjubileum

Norsk matematisk forening feirer i år sitt 100-årsjubileum. Dette ble behørig markert på Nasjonalt matematikermøte i Bergen 13. - 14. september 2018. Her ble også den nyopprettede Viggo Brun-prisen delt ut for første gang. Prisen gikk til Rune Gjøringbø Haugseng som mottok et diplom laget av den finske designeren Eero Astala og 50 000 norske kroner.

 

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Abel for alle

- Med mottoet «Abel for alle» ønsker det nye Abelstyret å formidle Abelprisen til et bredere publikum. Vi ønsker at prisen skal komme tettere på samfunnet, sier den nyvalgte styrelederen John Grue.

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Robert P. Langlands mottok Abelprisen av Kong Harald

I Universitetets Aula, omkranset av Munchs malerier og et mangfoldig matte-publikum, ble Robert P. Langlands i dag, 22. mai, tildelt Abelprisen for 2018 av H.M. Kong Harald. Langlands fikk prisen på 6 millioner kroner for «sitt visjonære program som forbinder representasjonsteori og tallteori.»

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Abelforelesningene

23. mai holder Abelprisvinner Robert Langlands sin prisforelesning på Universitetet i Oslo. Deretter blir det Abelforelesninger ved Jim Arthur and Edward Frenkel. Forelesningene holdes i Georg Sverdrups hus. Se forelesningen direkte her

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