By Leong Y.K.
This ebook positive factors interviews of 38 eminent mathematicians and mathematical scientists who have been invited to take part within the courses of the Institute for Mathematical Sciences, nationwide college of Singapore. initially released in its publication Imprints from 2003 to 2009, those interviews provide a desirable and insightful glimpse into the fervour using the most artistic minds in smooth learn in natural arithmetic, utilized arithmetic, facts, economics and engineering. The reader is drawn right into a landscape of the previous and current advancements of a few of the guidelines that experience revolutionized sleek technological know-how and arithmetic. This ebook could be appropriate to those that have an interest within the background and psychology of principles. it may offer motivation, notion and assistance to scholars who aspire to do learn and to starting researchers who're searching for profession niches. should you desire to be generally expert, it really is informative with no delving into over the top technical info and is, while, suggestion upsetting sufficient to arouse their interest to profit extra concerning the international round them.
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It was at the Institute of Psychiatry of the Academy of Medical Sciences. They wanted to hire a mathematician because the institute had a computer. Two years later, when the computer broke down, they asked me to repair it. They thought that since it was a mathematical machine, mathematicians must be able to repair it. By then I had done some work in psychiatry and genetics. They realized that I could do something there besides repairing computers. So they hired an engineer to repair it, and I retained and continued my job there.
I was working on the statistical properties of dynamical systems. This again goes back to Kolmogorov. The general view is that there are random phenomena, and there are deterministic phenomena, but in his short paper of 1958, Kolmogorov built a bridge between the world of random systems and the world of deterministic systems. This was the major event that started the revival of ergodic theory, which is the statistical theory of dynamical systems. At that time, it was considered to be essentially a finished area of mathematics.
When you come down to the mathematics it is really the same idea. That is one big advantage for mathematicians and I think it is very powerful. It is not just that you know the technical aspects of math better than the engineers. I: In principle, the engineers could learn the mathematics themselves. To n y F a n - C h e o n g Chan Just a very specific task. You look at the Math Olympiad, the Putnam exams. It is just problem solving 29 C: But in most cases they are only interested in their own problems.