The 54th annual
Quebec Mathematics Colloquium will be held at Concordia on November 18.
There will be two main speakers. One is Brian Conrad, of the University
of Michigan and a student of Andrew Wiles (of Fermats Last Theorem
fame), on the proof of the Shimura-Taniyama Conjecture.
The other is Dimitri Korotkin, a recent arrival from Russia to Concordia
University. Professor Korotkin was formerly with the Steklov Institute
(St. Petersburg), the Institute for Theoretical Physics (Hamburg) and
the Max Planck Institute (Potsdam). He is a leading expert in the application
of methods of integrable systems to domains of classical and quantum gravity.
There will also be shorter presentations on various subjects, including
combinatorics, mathematical physics, probability and statistics, the representation
of algebras, analysis and number theory.
Robert Raphael, who is organizing this session, said that these gatherings
are held twice a year all over Quebec and at several out-of-province francophone
universities. He described it as almost like a family, as
mathematicians get together to exchange ideas and fellowship. Indeed,
Professor Raphael takes pride in the restaurants section of
his symposium Web site, and suggests it as a handy guide for all Concordians
For more information, please consult the Web site http://caillou.math.uqam.ca/~csmq/col54/indexE.html
or contact Professor Raphael (raphael
@alcor.concordia.ca, 848-3253) or Jane Venettacci (email@example.com,