Programme

Distinguished Visitor Programme (DVP)

Audience

General

Description

The
Distinguished Visitor Programme was launched by the Singapore Mathematical Society
in 1998. Through the visit of a distinguished mathematician/mathematics
educator, who will interact with both mathematicians/mathematics educators at
the universities as well as teachers and pupils at the schools here, the aim
of the Programme is to expose as large and diverse an audience as possible to
the excitement and relevance of mathematics, thereby enhance the awareness of
mathematics in our society.

Distinguished
Visitor

Professor
Phillip A. Griffiths,
Institute
for Advanced Study

Phillip A.
Griffiths is a Professor
Emeritus in the School of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study.
He was the Institute’s Director from 1991 to 2003 and previously Provost at
Duke University.

He has taught
mathematics at Duke, Harvard, Princeton, and UC Berkeley. As Chairman of
the Science Initiative Group, Dr. Griffiths provides scientific guidance,
oversight and coordination for the Millennium Science Initiative (MSI), a
program whose objective is to build capacity in modern science and
engineering in developing countries as a vehicle for economic and social
progress. Dr. Griffiths was a Distinguished Presidential Fellow for
International Affairs at The National Academies. He served on the National
Science Board during the period 19911996.
Among his
numerous awards and recognitions, Dr. Griffiths most recently received the
Chern Medal, given once every four years for lifetime achievement by the
International Mathematical Union; the Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement
from the American Mathematical Society
and the Wolf Foundation Prize in Mathematics.


Events

SMS Public Lecture

How Mathematics Fuels the Knowledge Economy

May 20 (Friday)
4.30pm 
5.30pm
Nanyang
Technological University
SPMSLT3 (SPMS0302) (map)

SMS Academic Talk

A Tale of Two Mathematicians

May 20 (Friday)
11am – 12 pm
National
University of Singapore
S17 #0406 SR1 (map)


SMS
Public Lecture

How
Mathematics Fuels the Knowledge Economy
The importance of mathematics in society has exploded in
recent years, opening whole new fields of research and with them new careers.
The hottest current job market is for people trained in “big data”; that of
the future may well be in “artificial intelligence.” Modern medicine is
increasingly based on mathematics; here one thinks of sophisticated imaging
and image interpretation technique, along with genetic modelling to determine
susceptibility to particular diseases. In this talk I will discuss and
illustrate some of the ways mathematics is fuelling the knowledge economy.
Target Audience: General public

SMS
Academic Talk

A Tale of Two Mathematicians
This is the story of some of the mathematical work of two
mathematicians, Jean Victor Poncelet and Niels Henrik Abel. They were
contemporaries in the early 19th century who never met and who were not even
aware of each other’s work. However, between them Poncelet
and Abel laid the cornerstones of the modern field of geometry, arithmetic,
and theoretical physics. In this talk I will try to explain what each of them
did, Poncelet in geometry and Able in analysis, and
how the fusion of their work revealed one of the deepest aspects of classical
and contemporary mathematics. This fusion is captured by an amazing property
of playing billiards on a table formed by two concentric ellipses.
Target Audience: Mathematicians and Researchers

Registration:

Please click on the following links to
register your attendance.
Public
Lecture
Academic
Talk
Deadline for registration: 18 May 2016

Registration
Fees:

Free

Coordinator:

Dr Tang Wee Kee mailto:weekeetang@ntu.edu.sg
