The Abel lectures 2016

Abel Laureate Sir Andrew Wiles will give his prize lecture at the University of Oslo on the 25th of May,  followed by two Abel Lectures by Henri Darmon and Manjul Bhargava. Simon Singh will then give the popular lecture From Fermat's Last Theorem to Homer's Last Theorem.


Coffee and tea is served from 9:30 outside Auditorium 1

10:00 - 10:10 Welcome by Rector of the University of Oslo, Ole Petter Ottersen, President of The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters,
Ole M. Sejersted and Chair of the Abel Committee Professor
John Rognes

Photo: John CairnsPhoto: John Cairns

10:10 - 11.10
Abel Laureate Sir Andrew Wiles, University of Oxford:
Fermat's Last Theorem: abelian and non-abelian approaches.

The successful approach to solving Fermat's problem reflects a move in number theory from abelian to non-abelian arithmetic.

11:10 - 12:10
Professor Henri Darmon, McGill University:
Andrew Wiles' marvelous proof


Pierre de Fermat famously claimed to have discovered "a truly marvelous proof" of his last theorem, which the margin in his copy of Diophantus' Arithmetica was too narrow to contain. Fermat's proof (if it ever existed!) is probably lost to posterity forever, while Andrew Wiles' proof has been part of the mathematical landscape for over two decades. This lecture will describe a few of the new ideas in this marvelous proof, and the remarkable impact they have had on number theory.

12:10 - 13:00
Lunch (requires registration online)


Photo:Denise Applewhite, Princeton UniversityPhoto:Denise Applewhite, Princeton University

13:00 - 14:00
Professor Manjul Bhargava, Princeton University:
What is the Birch-Swinnerton-Dyer Conjecture, and what is known about it?

The Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer Conjecture has become one of the central problems of number theory and represents an important next frontier.  The purpose of this lecture is to explain the problem in elementary terms, and to describe the implications of Andrew Wiles' groundbreaking work to the problem. It will also summarize what is known to date towards the conjecture - including several recent advances - and, finally, what remains to be done!

14.00 - 14:30 Coffee/tea

14:30 - 15:30
Popular Lecture by Simon Singh:
From Fermat's Last Theorem to Homer's Last Theorem

Simon Singh, author of a book and director of a film about Andrew Wiles and Fermat's Last Theorem, talks about how he turned a complex mathematical story into a bestselling book and an award-winning film. He will also talk about how Fermat's Last Theorem has made cameo appearances in TV shows, feature films, books and plays.

Practical information

Georg Sverdrups Hus, University of Oslo
25 May 2016
10:00 - 15:35

Yves Meyer receives the Abel Prize

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has decided to award the Abel Prize for 2017 to Yves Meyer (77) of the École normale supérieure Paris-Saclay, France “for his pivotal role in the development of the mathematical theory of wavelets”. The President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Ole M. Sejersted, announced the winner of the 2017 Abel Prize at the Academy in Oslo today, 21 March.

Yves Meyer was the visionary leader in the modern development of this theory, at the intersection of mathematics, information technology and computational science. 

Wavelet analysis has been applied in a wide variety of arenas as diverse as applied and computational harmonic analysis, data compression, noise reduction, medical imaging, archiving, digital cinema, deconvolution of the Hubble space telescope images, and the recent LIGO detection of gravitational waves created by the collision of two black holes.

Yves Meyer will receive the Abel Prize from His Majesty King Harald V at an award ceremony in Oslo on 23 May.

The Abel Prize recognizes contributions of extraordinary depth and influence to the mathematical sciences and has been awarded annually since 2003. It carries a cash award of 6 million NOK (about 675,000 Euro or 715,000 USD). 

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Abel Prize announcement March 21

Popular science presentation by Terence Tao

The President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Ole M. Sejersted, will announce the winner of the Abel Prize for 2017 at the Academy on the 21st of March. The Academy's choice of laureate is based on the Abel Committee's recommendation. The chair of the Abel Committee, John Rognes, will give the reasons for the awarding of the prize. The world famous mathematician Terence Tao will give the popular science presentation of the prize winner's work.

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"Abel in Barcelona" with lecture by Louis Nirenberg

Institut d'Estudis Catalans will host the Abel in Barcelona-event on Monday the 16th of January. In connection with the final meeting of the Abel committee, whose task it is to select the Abel Prize Laureate for 2017, there will be an afternoon of lectures aimed at a broad mathematical audience. Louis Nirenberg, who shared the Abel Prize 2015 with John Nash, will give the first lecture. There will also be lectures by two of the Abel committee members, Luigi Ambrosio and Ben Green.

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Sir Andrew J. Wiles received the Abel Prize from H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon

Andrew Wiles received the 2016 Abel Prize from Norway's Crown Prince Haakon at an award ceremony in Oslo today, on 24 May. He receives the prize "for his stunning proof of Fermat's Last Theorem by way of the modularity conjecture for semistable elliptic curves, opening a new era in number theory", to quote the Abel Committee. The Abel Prize carries a cash award of 6 million NOK (about EUR 700,000 or USD 750,000) and has been awarded annually since 2003 by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

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Congratulations from the AMS President

Robert Bryant, President of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), congratulates Sir Andrew Wiles with the 2016 Abel Prize.

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