ESI Program on Number Theory and Physics

Name:ESI Program on Number Theory and Physics
Calendar:International Congresses
When:Sun, March 1, 2009 - Sat, April 18, 2009

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Program, March 1 – April 18, 2009.

  • March 2–13: Instructional workshop
  • March 15–20: Number theory and physics conference
  • March 23 – Apr 6: Research in teams
  • April 7–10: Workshop
  • April 11–18: Research in teams

Recent research in mathematical physics has revealed profound connections between many subjects previously thought unrelated on the surface. The most mysterious connection at this time is perhaps to number theory. In recent years, we have witnessed, for instance, the appearances of automorphic forms (modular forms, quasimodular forms, bimodular forms, etc), motives, multi-\zeta functions and L-series, Galois representations, and the geometric Langlands program in string theory and perturbative quantum field theory.

The connections between all of these areas are still not well understood and this has led to a realization that the time is ripe to assess the implications for both number theory and physics of these apparent connections. There is a consensus from researchers working at the crossroads of number theory and physics that a longer program devoted to this topic is overdue. One of the principal aims of this ESI program is to bring together researchers from both sides, to make a serious attempt to overcome some conceptual barriers between experts and to expose the area to younger researchers. A synthesis of ideas from number theory and physics should prove to be extremely powerful. This program is aimed at enhancing the understanding of the interaction of these subjects amongst researchers from both sides.

Early career researchers are encouraged to apply for support.


Location:Erwin Schrödinger International Institute for Mathematical Physics (ESI), Vienna, Austria Map
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Modified:30 Jun 2008 04:26 am UTC
Updated: 30 Jun 2008