Sir Michael Atiyah (1929-2019) was the dominant figure in UK mathematics for many decades. Amongst his many distinguished positions, he was the founding Director of the Isaac Newton Institute (1990-96). He was also President of the London Mathematical Society (1974 -76). In his Presidential Address “The Unity of Mathematics”, delivered on November 19th, 1976, he remarked: “The aspect of mathematics which fascinates me most is the rich interaction between its different branches, the unexpected links, the surprises…”. Those who knew him will know that this fascination was an ongoing theme throughout his life.
The London Mathematical Society spearheaded the idea of a meeting of the same title to celebrate Sir Michael’s immense contributions to mathematics and the mathematical life of this country. It is being organised jointly with the Isaac Newton Institute and has been made possible owing to the generosity of the LMS and the INI, in partnership with the Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research, the Clay Mathematical Institute and the Mathematical Institute, Oxford.
The conference will consist of a selection of talks which we trust Sir Michael would have found interesting and which reflect the interactions which he so much appreciated. The speakers cover a broad range of mathematical generations and topics, ranging from number theory to theoretical physics, and include representatives from Oxford, Cambridge, Bonn, Princeton and Edinburgh – places which played a fundamental role at various stages of Sir Michael’s long mathematical life. The presentations should be accessible to a broad audience.
Due to current COVID restrictions in the UK, it is not possible to hold a fully face-to-face meeting. It is the intention of the Organisers that the event will take place as a hybrid event, with both face-to-face and online participants. However, please note that if there are any further changes to the COVID restrictions in the UK in September, the event may have to be run as a fully virtual meeting. The situation will be reviewed regularly.
The venue for the Conference Dinner will be confirmed nearer the time and more details will be available in due course. We are monitoring the COVID restrictions and social distancing measures regularly. We have some accommodation available for participants in Murray Edwards College at a rate of £78 per night. Limited funding for accommodation and travel will be available especially for early career researchers.
Closing date for registration for physical participants is 8 August.
The Organisers would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of the event:
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