Geometry and Physics: Past, Present and Future

  Sir Michael Atiyah OM FRS FRSE
   University of Edinburgh

Geometry and Physics have had a long and close association from Newton to Einstein and beyond. The strength of the interaction has varied as the disciplines evolved. At present we are living through a particularly exciting period, with a major impact on both sides.  But what does the future hold in store for us? I will survey the scene and discuss current ideas and prospects.


17.00 Monday 17 January 2011

Wallace Lecture Theatre, Main Building, Cardiff University


The distinguished lecture is aimed at a broad spectrum of scientists interested in the frontiers of mathematical research with applications and roots in theoretical physics and the other sciences.  The Founding President of the Society, Professor Sir John Cadogan CBE FRSE PLSW FRS will take the chair. The event is open to anyone, with a tea from 16.15 in the Council Chamber, and a wine reception in the Viriamu Jones Gallery following the lecture. For further information and to register for the event, contact Professor David Evans,, Cardiff School of Mathematics. The closing date for registration is Friday, 7 January 2011.


Sir Michael is one of the most eminent and influential mathematicians of the last century.  He has been President of the Royal Society, Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, Director of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge, and President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He was awarded the Fields Medal in 1966, the Royal Medal in 1980, the Copley Medal in 1988, the Abel Prize in 2004 and the Grande Médaille in 2010.


Frontiers is a lecture series in which distinguished academics are invited to speak about the frontiers of research and to place their own contributions in context.

This lecture is funded by the European Research Training Network in Noncommutative Geometry. The event is hosted by the Wales Institute of Mathematical and Computational Sciences at Cardiff University.


The poster for this event can be downloaded here.




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