Victoria University of Wellington hosts New Zealand’s largest maths conference and says deep theoretical results in mathematics – underpinning our understanding of the physical world – are to be presented by Microsoft mathematician Michael Freedman at this week’s maths conference.
“Michael’s research could change the face of computing and mathematics,” says Victoria University senior lecturer in mathematics, Peter Donelan. “He will be talking about the latest theoretical developments in his work on quantum computing and quantum topology.”
The conference started 12 December and runs through to 15 December, with about 300 mathematicians from around New Zealand and the world atending the event in the capital city.
There will be 240 speakers including leading mathematicians from New Zealand and the United States giving plenary addresses.
As well as many branches of pure and applied mathematics, other topics include the history of mathematics and mathematics education. “For example, speakers will talk about the effect NCEA is having on students coming to study mathematics at university,” says Dr Donelan.
The First Joint Meeting of the American and New Zealand Mathematical Societies is an initiative taken by the University’s mathematicians, following a successful joint meeting with the Israel Mathematics Union in 2004.
Dr Donelan says: “It is made possible by the strength of mathematics research in New Zealand and the many fruitful collaborations mathematicians have with colleagues in the US and around the world. It seals the growing reputation of New Zealand mathematics.”