This October, the inaugural Fields Medal Symposium will mark the repatriation of the Fields Medal back to its Canadian origins. The Fields Medal was established by Canadian mathematician John Charles Fields in the early 1900’s. It is the international mathematical community’s highest award for distinction in mathematical research, specifically for young mathematicians.
At the 2010 International Congress for Mathematicians in India, Professor Bierstone negotiated the Fields Institute as the permanent home for the symposium. This means that every year, the Institute will host a one-week long symposium in honour of one of the most recent recipients of the Fields Medal. The Fields Medal has not received the same level of recognition as the Nobel Prizes. However, the medal has had a very rich history within the mathematical and scientific communities. We are hoping that the inaugural symposium can help the global community rediscover the medal’s Canadian roots.
History of Mathematics Lecture
Mathematics on the Eve of the Great War:
Background to the Career of John Charles Fields
Craig Fraser, University of Toronto
October 11, 2012 at 3:30 p.m.
It will also be live streamed here,