ICMS and the Jack Carr Fund are
delighted to present the Inaugural Jack Carr lecture, given by the 2010
Fields Medallist Professor Ngô Bảo Châu.
The lecture, which we hope to make an annual
event, commemorates the outstanding achievements of the late Professor
Jack Carr FRSE, formerly Head of Department of Mathematics at
Heriot-Watt University. He was not only an international authority in
his field of differential equations and dynamical systems, but was also
widely recognised for a selfless commitment to the University, Scottish,
and international communities. He had a special interest in fostering
mathematics in African and other developing countries. His links with
colleagues at Edinburgh University helped establish the ICMS and also
the Maxwell Institute under whose auspices the lecture is being held.
Automorphic L-functions, introduced by
Langlands in the late 1960s, are expected to satisfy a functional
equation similar to the functional equation of Riemann's zeta function.
The functional equation would follow from the Langlands' functoriality
conjecture, which is one of the far-reaching goals of the Langlands
program, and in a sense is equivalent to it. Around 2000, Braverman and
Kazhdan formulated a new approach to the functional equation, not
following the route of functoriality but attempting to generalize the
Fourier analysis on adeles used by Tate to prove the functional equation
of the Riemann zeta function.
Subtitles will be generated within two weeks.