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« Thursday October 10, 2013 »
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Start: 7:30 pm
Credit: Nahoko Spiess  Edward Frenkel Thursday, October 10, 7:30 p.m. Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality What if you had to take an art class in which you were only taught how to paint a fence? What if you were never shown the paintings of van Gogh and Picasso, weren’t even told they existed? Alas, this is how math is taught, and so for most of us it becomes the intellectual equivalent of watching paint dry. Having braved a discriminatory educational system to become one of the 21st century’s leading mathematicians, UC Berkeley math professor Frenkel now works on one of the biggest ideas to come out of math in the last 50 years: the Langlands Program. Considered by many to be a Grand Unified Theory of mathematics, the Langlands Program enables researchers to translate findings from one field to another so that they can solve problems, such as Fermat’s last theorem, that had seemed intractable before.Read the article in the Wall Street Journal: Edward Frenkel and a Love for Mathhttp://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324165204579026930747839174.html 
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