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Mathematics and the Planet Earth: A Long Life Together - Part One



This is a two-part lecture, investigating how our idea of the world has influenced the development of mathematics. In the first lecture (July 15), I will describe the situation up to the twentieth century, in the second one (July 17) I will follow up to the present time and the global challenges humanity and the planet are facing today.

Ivar Ekeland was director of PIMS for the period 2003-2008. He is a former President of Université Paris-Dauphine, and held the Canada Research Chair in Mathematical Economics at the University of British Columbia until his retirement in 2011. He is the founding editor of the “Annales de l’Institut Henri Poincaré-Analyse non linéaire” and is currently Editor in Chief of “Mathematics and Financial Economics.” He has also written numerous books and papers in mathematics, economics and finance, and is also a regular contributor to the journal “Nature” as well as to the magazine “Pour la Science.” He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.