# Category Archives: 2012 Symposium

## *Video* Origins: Edward Frenkel, Nigel Hitchin, and Peter Woit

Transcript Peter Woit: Well there is something that I was thinking about while watching these talks. I felt it was amazing hearing a couple of talks per day. One thing that was amazing was a kind of sweep of these … Continue reading

## Pictures, Impressions, and Perspective

What did you think of the symposium? The inaugural Fields Medal Symposium has taken a good amount of running around on my part and I did not get a chance to do what I love doing, writing about math! Well … Continue reading

## Public and Student Event Recordings

[Note: There will be much longer posts on each of the speakers mentioned in the videos.] Public Event Recording, October 15, 2012 http://audability.com/AudabilityAdmin/Clients/FieldsInstitute/101343_1015201270000PM/registrationform.aspx?Event_ID=1343 The Langlands Program: Number Theory, Geometry and the Fundamental Lemma James Arthur, University of Toronto The Fundamental … Continue reading

## FMS12: Days 1 and 2 – Updates and Highlights

So this week has been a little busy, to say the least. Blogging about every single lecture in real time was not possible, however I will be blogging each day following the conference to highlight the work of one of … Continue reading

## Endoscopy

Why did Langlands call them Endoscopic Groups? I don’t have a good answer to this question, but I will do a bit of digging. This is one question I will ask Prof. Shelstad tomorrow. Since the average length of papers relating … Continue reading

## J.C. Fields + Symposium Origins

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 … Continue reading

## Mathematical Parachutes

Why is the Fundamental Lemma, ‘fundamental’? A large class of mathematical results rely on Chau’s award winning proof of the ‘fundamental lemma’. The proof ensures that a set of essential conditions, forming the basis of other mathematicians’ work, are true. More … Continue reading

## The Geometric Langlands Program with Edward Frenkel

Professor Edward Frenkel (http://math.berkeley.edu/~frenkel/) is one of the main scientific organizers for the inaugural Fields Medal Symposium. The main focus of his research is symmetry in mathematics and quantum physics. Many of the questions that he is currently tackling have … Continue reading

## The Fields Medal: History, part I

51 Fields Medals have been awarded, 43 Fields Medalists are still alive, 1 Fields Medal was declined in 2006, and 1 silver plate was awarded in 1998 in place of a Fields Medal. Since 1936, medals have been given at … Continue reading

## History of the Langlands Program with Jim Arthur

In the video Professor James Arthur explains the historical figures on the poster of the Fields Medal Symposium. He talks about a graphical representation of the Fundamental Lemma. He also describes the work of each of mathematician on the poster. … Continue reading