【Master Forum】Math History and Math Education
Topic: Math History and Math Education
Speaker: Professor Yau Shing-tung
Date: Monday, 13 March 2017
Venue: Governing Board Meeting Room, Dao Yuan Building (Main Venue)
Room 110,Zhi Xin Building (Live Broadcast)
Professor Yau Shing-tung is a world famous mathematician and the first overseas Chinese winner of the Fields Medal. He is Distinguished Professor-at-Large and Director of The Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMS) at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and William Casper Graustein Professor of Mathematics at Harvard University. During his 40 years of research on mathematics, he has received numerous awards and honours, including the Fields Medal in 1982, the Veblen Prize in Geometry (1981), the MacArthur Fellowship (1985), the Crafoord Prize (1994) and the US National Medal of Science (1997). In 2010, Professor Yau received the Wolf Prize in Mathematics in recognition of his lifetime contributions to geometric analysis and his enormous impact on many areas of geometry and physics.
Mathematics has permeated through our life from stars in deep space and daily routines on earth. Chinese has a long and glorious history of working out some mathematical problems. Liu Hui came up with a theory equivalent to Pythagoras’s Theorem in the 3rd century; Zu Chongzhi calculated the value of pi to six decimal places in the 5th century. Great names in the west like Isaac Newton, Leibniz, Euler and Gauss have all played a key role in advancing mathematics.