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Gallery: "Spiralling" poetry event, with John Kinsella

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Thursday 14th February 2019 - 10:45


On the evening of Tuesday 22 January 2019, the Institute was proud to host Poet-in-Residence John Kinsella for readings from his recent work "Spiralling".

Originally produced in 2017 as part of INI's 25th anniversary celebrations, the work is an exploration of spiral motifs and other mathematical themes richly suited to the environment in which they were performed. 
 

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INI-ICMS Correspondents annual meeting 2019

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Friday 1st February 2019 - 11:15

On Wednesday 30 January 2019 the annual meeting of the INI-ICMS Correspondents Network was held at ICMS in Edinburgh.

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In memory of Sir Michael Atiyah OM FRS FRSE (1929 - 2019)

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Monday 14th January 2019 - 12:00


The Institute was deeply saddened to learn of the passing away on Friday 11 January of Sir Michael Atiyah, founding Director of the Institute.  

One of the greatest mathematicians of his generation, Sir Michael was awarded countless prizes and medals many of which we are proud to display in the Institute including, most notably, the Fields Medal which he was awarded in 1966.

INI Director David Abrahams, said: "Michael Atiyah was a brilliant scientist and remarkable personality. I always felt that his brain was permanently in top gear - and in his heyday no-one could keep up with him. Even in his later years he still managed to captivate audiences and woo the media. In my early years I was scared stiff of him. In recent years he lectured me on how to do things 'properly' at the Institute, and he continued to send me ideas on innovating and improving the place. He was a towering figure of British mathematics and physics whose personality and influence had a major effect on the whole world community. The Institute will always be in debt to him - and he was very proud of the place". 

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A tribute to Peter Swinnerton-Dyer (1927-2018)

Publication Date: 
Tuesday 8th January 2019 - 15:15

The Institute was greatly saddened by the passing of Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer, a Senior Fellow of INI for many years, on 26 December 2018 at the age of 91.

Sir Peter (full title "Professor Sir Henry Peter Francis Swinnerton-Dyer, 16th Baronet KBE FRS") will be best remembered for postulating one of the most important conjectures of 20th century mathematics: the Birch Swinnerton-Dyer Conjecture. This historically challenging mathematical problem - which describes the set of rational solutions to equations defining an elliptic curve - has proven a rich source of inspiration for researchers since its inception, and directly influenced the work of figures such as Sir Andrew Wiles and his proof of Fermat's Last Theorem. 

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Article: "INI: Inception to Inauguration"

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Friday 30th November 2018 - 11:45

"The inauguration of the Institute on 3 July 1992 was the culmination of four years’ preparation.  For a number of years and for a variety of reasons, a need had been felt for the UK to have a national institute in theoretical physics and mathematics.  Efforts had been made outside Cambridge to initiate such a development but little concrete progress had been made.  A crucial advantage which made the founding of an institute in Cambridge seem feasible was the possible availability of “pump-priming” financial support from Cambridge Colleges".

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Photo diary: Benians Court refurbishment

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Friday 9th November 2018 - 12:00

In July 2018 work began on the long-anticipated refurbishment of INI's Benians Court properties - a project first proposed in 2012.

This exciting new redevelopment involves the comprehensive update of 24 apartments, all of which are regularly used to house INI visitors and participants. Of those flats, 16 are being altered to contain two double rooms with en-suite facilities, with improved kitchen areas and standardised quality throughout the furnishings.

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Timelapse video: 10 months in the life of an INI blackboard

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Wednesday 24th October 2018 - 15:45

Any previous visitor to the Isaac Newton Institute will be familiar with the 130 square metres of blackboards spread across the seminar rooms, shared workspaces, offices, lift interior and even the ground floor toilets. But how much use do these iconic fixtures see from the programme and workshop participants? The answer is: a very great deal. From September 2017 to June 2018 Institute staff left an emplaced camera programmed to capture regular images of one of the main mezzanine blackboards.

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Vacancy: INI-ICMS Chair of Correspondents

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Friday 12th October 2018 - 15:00


The Isaac Newton Institute (INI) and International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS) seek to appoint a new Chair of Correspondents from 1st January 2019. The principal role of Chair of Correspondents is to assist in the coordination of the activity of the Correspondents Network in linking the two Institutes with the UK mathematical sciences community. The post-holder will serve a 3-year term, which is renewable.

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GALLERY: Fermat's Last Theorem celebration, 1 October 2018

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Tuesday 2nd October 2018 - 12:30


On the afternoon of Monday 1 October 2018 the Isaac Newton Institute hosted the event "Fermat’s Last Theorem: A celebration 25 years on".

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Sir Andrew Wiles famously announcing his proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem at the Institute, the event featured technical talks with speakers including Andrew Wiles himself (Oxford), John Coates (Cambridge) and Jack Thorne (Cambridge); a presentation to Andrew Wiles; and a wine reception for the gathered guests.

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Professor Lars Hesselholt - Rothschild Lecture (8th October)

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Thursday 13th September 2018 - 12:45

We are delighted to announce that Professor Lars Hesselholt (Nagoya University), the Rothschild Distinguished Visiting Fellow for the HHH programme, will be giving the Rothschild Lecture on Monday 8 October at 4.00 pm at the Institute, followed by a wine reception.

More details about the lecture are available, here

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