This lecture by Enrico Bombieri, IBM von Neumann Professor in the School of Mathematics, explores how mathematics has arrived at its present pragmatic view of infinity and some of the counterintuitive paradoxes, as well as some of the positive results, deriving from its acceptance. It concludes with a view of how computer science is leading today to a new precise concept, namely the impossibly large in the realm of the finite.
A Program to Mark the Centenary Year of the Birth of Kurt Gödel was held in Wolfensohn Hall at the Institute for Advanced Study on November 17, 2006. The program, which attracted some three-hundred people, consisted of talks aimed at a general audience on the life and work of Kurt Gödel (1906-1978) and his impact on mathematics, philosophy and computer science.
Pierre Deligne, Professor Emeritus, School of Mathematics. On the occasion of the sixty-first birthday of Pierre Deligne, the School of Mathematics will be hosting a four-day conference, "Geometry and Arithmetic" from October 17 to October 20, 2005.
The series of lectures commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Institute, organized by the School of Mathematics, featured some of the world's leading mathematicians, all of whom have been Members or Visitors of the Institute.
Concepts, Techniques, Applications and Influence
April 4, 2001 - April 7, 2001
Support for this conference was provided by the National Science Foundation
Conference Page: https://www.math.ias.edu/conf-automorphicforms
Robert P. Langlands, Professor Emeritus, School of Mathematics. There are several central mathematical problems, or complexes of problems, that every mathematician who is eager to acquire some broad competence in the subject would like to understand, even if he has no ambition to attack them all. That would be out of the question!