August 19, 2010
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil (pictured) will inaugurate the 2010 International Congress of Mathematicians today. She will welcome more than 3,000 mathematicians and delegates from all over the world.
Holding the world's biggest mathematical event in Hyderabad, India, is seen as global recognition that the Asian nation has become a key a player in 21st-century mathematics.
Ancient India was a launching pad for ideas in algebra, such as the place-value arithmetical notation and the concept of zero. Two centuries before Newton, mathematicians in Kerala anticipated ideas about calculus. In the 20th century, Indian mathematicians Srinivasa Ramanujan and Narendra Karmarkar are notable for their contributions to the field.
During the 9-day-long congress this year, more than 170 papers will scrutinize more than 20 areas of mathematics, including logic and foundations, algebra, number theory, functional analysis and applications, mathematics education, and the popularization of mathematics.
In addition, the Fields Medals, the Nevanlinna Prize, the Lilavati Award, the Gauss Prize, and the Chern Medal will be awarded.
MAA’s Director of Publications and Communications, Ivars Peterson, (aka The Mathematical Tourist) will also be in attendance and speaking on a panel about communicating mathematics to society-at-large.
Source: Samachar Today (August 18, 2010)
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