On Wednesday, May 23, Robert P. Langlands, Professor Emeritus in the School of Mathematics, will give the lecture "On the Geometric Theory" followed by lectures by former IAS Members James Arthur and Edward Frenkel on topics in Langlands's work ranging from prime numbers and algebraic geometry to the idea of unification.
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Mathematics is often seen as a growing body of definitions, axioms, formulas, and theorems, all fitted together with the greatest precision. Each new proof adds extra cross-bars and tightens the nuts and bolts so that the tower becomes even stronger and can reach higher. But this view of mathematics as a logical construction project lacks an important element. Growth is not haphazard and autonomous.
In the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten, Nils Baas, former Member in the Schools of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, writes, “Mathematics is a science in which imagination and vision are essential for progress. One of today's most visionary mathematicians is Robert Langlands.”
Writing for the Social Science Research Council, Peter Coviello, Member in the School of Social Science, reviews Sex and Secularism by Professor Emerita Joan Wallach Scott and In the Name of Women's Rights by Visitor Sara Farris, writing, "Part of what is remarkable about these books . . . is the breadth and, especially, the variability of the analytic frameworks they mobilize."
There’s a rich connection between knots and anyons. If we think of this as a birth-death process of anyons, not just ordinary particles, then the fact that anyons have such rich properties when exchanged will enable us to study mathematical properties of this knot by thinking about it as a world-line trajectory of quantum particles.
The 2018 Program for Women and Mathematics, held May 19–25, features lecture courses by Toni Bluher, senior subject matter expert in cryptography at the National Security Agency, and Kristin Lauter, principal researcher and research manager for the cryptography group at Microsoft Research.