Past Event

Mathematical Creations and Recreations Featuring Nobel laureates Sheldon Glashow, Daniel Kahneman, and John Nash, as well as Claudio Bartocci, Brian Greene, Harold Kuhn, Benoît Mandelbrot, and Piergiorgio Odifreddi

March 10, 2009 - March 11, 2009
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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And, at the Italian Cultural Institute: Thomas Banchoff, Claudio Bartocci, Piergiorgio Odifreddi, and Achille Varzi Organized and presented by the Festival della Matematica, Rome (Musica per Roma Fondazione)

Tuesday, March 10th

11 a.m. at the Italian Academy
The unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics, Lecture by the Nobel Laureate in Physics Sheldon Glashow

2.00 p.m. at the Italian Academy
The (mis)behaviour of financial markets, Lecture by Benoît Mandelbrot

5.00 p.m. at the Italian Cultural Institute
Press conference

6.00 p.m. at the Italian Cultural Institute
Imaginary interview with Galileo Galilei, Reading by Claudio Bartocciand Piergiorgio Odifreddi

Wednesday, March 11th

9.00 a.m. at the Italian Academy
Statistical thinking is hard, causal thinking is easy, Lecture by the Nobel Laureate for Economics Daniel Kahneman

11.00 a.m. at the Italian Academy
The early days of game theory in Princeton, Lecture-interview with the
Nobel Laureate for Economics John Nash and Harold Kuhn
(coordinated by Piergiorgio Odifreddi)

2.00 p.m. at the Italian Academy
The elegant mathematical universe, Lecture-interview with Brian Greene
(coordinated by Piergiorgio Odifreddi)

6.00 p.m. at the Italian Cultural Institute
Movie projection
Flatland. A journey of many dimensions: The movie editio
Director Jeffrey Travis, animator Dano Johnson
Edwin A. Abbott with Thomas Banchoff and the Filmmakers of Flatland

Rome caput mundi mathematicae, but since mathematics is transnational, this year the festival is also taking place across the Atlantic. The first session of the 2009 Festival is being held in New York, at Columbia University's Italian Academy for Advanced Studies and at the Italian Cultural Institute. They will host, among others, the Nobel Prize winners for economics Daniel Kahneman and John Nash, the Nobel Prize winner for physics Sheldon Glashow, the renowned string theorist Brian Greene, the esteemed professor of philosophy Achille Varzi, and the great mathematicians Benoît MandelbrotHarold KuhnThomas Banchoff, and Claudio Bartocci, who will tell us how to save the world with numbers.