Geometry and Physics: Past, Present and Future


Geometry and Physics: Past, Present and Future

Sir Michael Atiyah OM FRS FRSE

University of Edinburgh 


5.00pm Monday 17 January 2011

Wallace Lecture Theatre, Main Building, Cardiff University



Geometry and Physics have had a long and close association from Newton to Einstein and beyond. The strength of the interaction has varied as the disciplines evolved. At present we are living through a particularly exciting period, with a major impact on both sides. But what does the future hold in store for us? Sir Michael Atiyah will survey the scene and discuss current ideas and prospects.


This distinguished lecture is aimed at a broad spectrum of scientists interested in the frontiers of mathematical research with applications and roots in theoretical physics and the other sciences. The Founding President of the Society, Sir John Cadogan CBE DSc FRSE FRSC PLSW FRS will take the chair. The event is open to anyone, with a tea from 4.15pm in the Council Chamber, and a wine reception in the Viriamu Jones Gallery following the lecture. For further information and to register for the event, contact: Professor David Evans,, Cardiff School of Mathematics. The closing date for registration is Friday, 7 January 2011.


Sir Michael is one of the most eminent and influential mathematicians of the last century. He has been President of the Royal Society, Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, Director of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge, and President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He was awarded the Fields Medal in 1966, the Royal Medal in 1980, the Copley Medal in 1988, the Abel Prize in 2004 and the Grande Médaille in 2010.


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