Category Archives: ICMS in the News

ICMS staff on BBC Radio Scotland

Yesterday’s Movie Café on BBC Radio Scotland included a review of the newly released Spanish film Fermat’s Room by ICMS Communications Officer Madeleine Shepherd.  The review took the form of a short interview which also covered the wider subject of maths in film.

The programme is currently available on the BBC listen again service and the interview is around thirty minutes into the programme.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00kmjbl/The_Movie_Cafe_28_05_2009/

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Atiyah80 video

University of Edinburgh have just released this video report about ICMS’ Geometry and Physics: Atiyah80 Workshop.

Sir Michael Atiyah celebrates his 80th birthday

ICMS had the great pleasure of hosting the workshop Geometry and Physics: Atiyah80 from 20-22 April in celebration of  the 80th birthday of Sir Michael Atiyah, OM, FRS, FRSE which took place on 22 April.

The workshop delegates on 22 April 2009. Sir Michael Atiyah is in the front row, fourth from the right. To his left in the blue sweater is Peter Higgs, who is also the subject of the painting in the background. (photographer: Thomas Koeppe)

The workshop delegates on 22 April 2009. Sir Michael Atiyah is in the front row, fourth from the right. To his left in the blue sweater is Peter Higgs, who is also the subject of the painting in the background. (photographer: Thomas Koeppe)

Around one hundred and sixty of Sir Michael’s collaborators, former students and colleagues gathered for three days of academic presentations and discussions focused on the outcomes of his wide ranging mathematical career.

One highlight of the meeting was the talk on 21 April by Mike Hopkins of Harvard University on the Hill-Hopkins-Ravenel solution of the Kervaire invariant one problem. If you want to follow this up then following resources are among those available:

The Tuesday evening saw a public event at the Royal Society of Edinburgh with Sir Michael, Peter Higgs, Edward Witten and David Saxon discussing the Higgs boson in theory and experiment. The public interest was overwhelming.  The Society filled both its lecture theatre and a further meeting room with video feed with an audience of around 300 people.

Sir Michael’s birthday and surrounding events also attracted interest from the press resulting in articles in:

For more information about the workshop and about Sir Michael Atiyah please visit:
Geometry and Physics: Atiyah80 ICMS workshop page
Atiyah80 by Andrew Ranicki

Movie maths attracts press interest

ICMS’ events for the 21st Edinburgh International Science Festival are stimulating lots of interest from the local and national press.

The Maths at the Movies season was the subject of an article in The Scotsman newspaper and who also listed it as the best forthcoming movie event.

David Baraff is visiting from Pixar Animation Studios and will be giving a live interview on Radio Forth on the morning of his talk.  He was also interviewed for the Scotsman’s Science and Environment page on Saturday 4 April.

Plus Magazine, the Cambridge online magazine about mathematics, has also written about all the ICMS events in their blog.

Full details of the events and lots of background information can be found on this newly updated page on the ICMS website.  There is also a Facebook page for the ICMS Science Festival contribution.

Well Connect-ed ICMS?

The current issue of Connect, the newsletter of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, announces a major grant award to ICMS.  Their Mathematics Programme has awarded a four-year £1.6m grant to ICMS. The award enables ICMS to consolidate its status as a world-leading centre for workshops and research activities in the mathematical sciences and expand its current range of work.