The Abel lectures

The Abel laureate(s) will give the prize lecture at the University of Oslo, among with other invited lecturers

Time: May 25, 2022 at 10:00 - 14:45
Location: University of Oslo, Georg Sverdrups hus, Moltke Moes vei, 0851 Oslo

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10:00: Dennis Sullivan, Abel Prize Laureate
Gathering chestnuts of math related to fluid motion

11:00: Michael J. Hopkins, Harvard University
The great wild manifold rodeo: Dennis Sullivan in algebraic topology

12:00: Lunch

13:00: Étienne Ghys, ENS Lyon
Dynamics à la Dennis Sullivan

13:50: Jim Simons, mathematician, hedge fund manager and philanthropist, USA
Mathematics, Common Sense and Good Luck


By now the beautiful equations modeling incompressible fluid motion in three dimensional space have been singled out by a precise yes or no mathematical question that appears among the Clay Millennium Problems. If the answer is yes this gives credence to continue using only this model to build algorithms that will better predict and compute the complicated motion of fluids. If the answer is no the motivation for using this model for said algorithms persists especially if the counterexamples are not generic. However, the existence of observed turbulence with lots of structure suggests new ideas perturbing current modeling are called for. The lecture is about a few modest insights into this issue that have accrued over three decades of personal curiosity.