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Release: Jan. 14, 2000

UI hosts renowned mathematician as Ida Beam Lecturer Jan. 24-28

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Pierre Cartier, one of the world's leading mathematicians, will lecture Jan. 24-28 at the University of Iowa as an Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor.

His free, public lecture, "Mathematics: Queen or Servant of Science? From Euclid to Bourbaki," will be presented at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25 in Room W151 of the John Pappajohn Business Building.

Cartier will also present two pairs of technical lectures. The first involving mathematical physics and titled, "Functional Integration, the dream of Feynman made real," will be given on Monday, Jan. 24 and continued Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 301 of Van Allen Hall. The second, "Hopf algebras, a versatile tool in algebra, geometry and topology," will be given on Thursday, Jan. 27 and also on Friday, Jan. 28 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 118 of MacLean Hall.

Renowned for his broad knowledge and research interests in the field of mathematics, Cartier is professor of mathematics at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques in France and a long-time member of Bourbaki, an influential group of mathematicians who set out to systematically organize the various branches of mathematics. According to UI mathematics professor Paul Muhly, "Few mathematicians will ever cover as much of the field as Cartier has done." A 1961 recipient of the prestigious Prix Peccot from the College of France, Cartier has held numerous visiting professorships at institutions including Princeton University, the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Texas at Austin.

His visit is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts departments of mathematics and physics and astronomy, as well as the Ida Cordelia Beam Visiting Professor Program. Ida Beam, a native of Vinton, willed her family farm to the UI Foundation in 1977. Her only university connection was a relative who graduated from the College of Medicine. With proceeds from the sale of the farm, the UI established a fund to bring a variety of top scholars to the university for lectures and discussions.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation in order to participate should contact the department of mathematics at 335-0714.