# The Abel lectures 2018

Abel Laureate Robert Langlands gave his prize lecture titled "*On the geometric theory" *at the University of Oslo on the 23th of May. John Rognes, chair of the Abel committee, introduced Langlands to an almost full auditorium. Langlands' lecture was followed by two others talks, by Jim Arthur and Edward Frenkel. Watch the lectures live

### Program

Welcome by Rector of the University of Oslo, **Svein Stølen**, The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, **Ole M. Sejersted**, and Chair of the Abel Committee, **John Rognes **

### 11.00 - **Robert Langlands***,* Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton:

**On the geometric theory**

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13.00** - James Arthur,** University of Toronto:

**The Langlands program: arithmetic, geometry and analysis**

**James Arthur** is a professor of mathematics at the University of Toronto. In 1970 he received his PhD at Yale University, where his advisor was Robert Langlands. He is considered as one of the few leading mathematicians in the central fields of representation theory and automorphic forms, and an excellent teacher.

**As the Abel Prize citation points out, the Langlands program represents a grand unified theory of mathematics. we shall try to explain in elementary terms what this means. We shall describe an age old question concerning the arithmetic prime numbers, together with a profound generalization of the problem that lies at the heart of algebraic geometry. We shall then discuss the tenets of the Langlands program that resolve these questions in terms of harmonic analysis. Finally, we shall say something of Langlands' many fundamental contributions to the program, with the understanding that there is still much to be done.**

Abstract:

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### 14.30** - Edward Frenkel,** UC Berkeley:

**Langlands Program and Unification**

**Langlands Program and Unification**

**Edward Frenkel** is a professor of mathematics at UC Berkeley. He is the author of the bestselling book "Love and Math", and is a well-known lecturer. "Love and Math" is the first account of the Langlands Program for a general audience in a book form. Frenkel has also published joint papers on different aspects of the Langlands Program with both Langlands and Witten.

**Abstract:** Sophia Kovalevskaya wrote, "It is not possible to be a mathematician without being a poet at heart. A poet should see what others can't see, see deeper than others. And that's the job of a mathematician as well." The work of Robert Langlands sets a great example for this maxim, as it is marked by originality, imagination, and penetrating insights. At the core of the Langlands Program is the idea of unification: uncovering deep connections between areas of mathematics that at first glance seem far apart, such as number theory, analysis, geometry, and even quantum physics. These links enable us to find order in apparent chaos, and they also point to something rich and mysterious lurking beneath the surface, giving us glimpses of hidden structures underlying modern mathematics.

### Practical information

### 23 May 2018

11:00 - 15:30

Georg Sverdrups Hus, University of Oslo

### Live streams

### Live stream - The Abel lectures

23. Mai, 11.00 - 15.30

### Live stream - The Abel Prize Award Ceremony

22. Mai, kl. 14.00 | 12.00 noon GMT

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(26.07.2018) More### Robert P. Langlands received the Abel Prize from H.M. King Harald

In the University Aula in Oslo, surrounded by Munch's paintings and a diverse mathematical audience, Robert P. Langlands was today, May 22, awarded the Abel Prize for 2018 by H.M. King Harald. Langlands received the award of 6 million NOK “for his visionary program connecting representation theory to number theory.” The Langlands program is frequently described as a grand unified theory of mathematics.

(22.05.2018) More### Would you like to attend the 2018 Abel Prize award ceremony?

The Abel Prize award ceremony takes place at 22 may 2018, 14:00 in the University Aula in Oslo, Norway. His Majesty King Harald V will present the prize to this year’s laureate, Robert P. Langlands. The ceremony is open, but requires registration. For registration, click here.

(11.04.2018) More### AMS President congratulates Robert P. Langlands

"It is my great pleasure to congratulate Professor Robert P. Langlands, winner of the 2018 Abel Prize. Robert Langlands is one of the most distinguished mathematicians alive today and a towering figure in the history of modern mathematics. His insights, which grew out of penetrating technical work early in his career, have transformed and enriched both number theory and representation theory. The deep relations between the two subjects that he predicted and probed have guided the work of countless mathematicians over the last 50 years."

- Kenneth A. Ribet, AMS President, University of California, Berkeley