Abel Lecture 2018

Monday, August 6, 2018 - 6:00pm

Title: "The Future of Mathematical Physics: new ideas in old bottles"

Speaker: Michael Atiyah

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?

ICM 2008
Pavilion 3
Riocentro Convention Event center
Rio - Rio de Janeiro