There’s no Nobel Prize in math but there’s a Fields Medal which is given to mathematicians under the age of 40 for their outstanding achievements. Every year Toronto’s Fields Institute hosts an annual Fields Medal Symposium to honor one of the medalists. This time we have Prof. Manjul Bhargava – a number theorist born in Hamilton – is the honored guest.
Prof. Bhargava is the first Canadian born mathematician who received the Fields Medal! This makes this year’s symposium even more special. There were no empty seats in the Isabel Bader Theatre where the Public Opening of the Symposium was taking place yesterday evening. The audience was composed of professionals from a variety of fields and students. Prof. Bhargava’s talk was engaging and accessible for everyone in the audience. Colorful diagrams and interesting facts about nature that he mentioned were especially appreciated.
We brought our Math Circles class from UTM to the public opening. This was their first time attending such a large event. Luckily, they enjoyed the talk and the festive atmosphere around the Public Opening night. Moreover, they even had a chance to take a picture with Prof. Bhargava!
Prof. Bhargava will be giving a special lecture for high school students this evening at the Fields Institute, but unfortunately I will not be able to attend it, cause I’ll be teaching my own students.
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