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The IMI Colloquium Report in June 23, 2021

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The IMI Colloquium in June was held on June 23, 2021.

The IMI Colloquium in June
Title : Modern Rosetta Stones and Mathematics
Speaker : Prof. Masato Wakayama (Vice President and Professor of Mathematics, Tokyo University of Science Principal Fellow, CRDS JST)
Place : IMI Auditorium (W1-D-413) and live-streaming by Zoom

This talk is entitled “Modern Rosetta Stones and Mathematics” and considers the development of mathematics in relation to a society. “Rosetta stone” is the monumental stele which serves as a bridge among three languages of different eras and is used as a proverb that means “an absolute clue to a new knowledge”. For example, the speaker introduced that Andre Weil, in a letter in 1940 to his sister, Simone Weil, also known as a philosopher, likened the relation of number theory over number fields, algebraic function over the complex field, and function fields over finite fields to the rosetta stone. Moreover, based on features of mathematics, the speaker mentioned that mathematics would be a bridge between data and AI as a modern rosetta stone, and introduced required fields of mathematics, tasks which are not guaranteed a reliability of AI, and the importance of collaboration between AI and mathematics. At the end of talk, the difference among Japan, USA and UK regarding human resources education in mathematics was introduced, and the speaker stated an expectation about human resources education.

Attendance: Staff 21, Students 14, Others 57