July  2, 2016

The Inaugural

October 15 - 18, 2012

In honour of Ngô Bào Châu


Special Program for High-school and Undergraduate Students

October 16, 2012
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
at the Fields Institute, 222 College Street, Toronto

Admission is free, but advance tickets are required. To register for tickets, visit

This event will be streamed live online. Click here to view the live-cast.

Students are also invited to attend Public Opening of the Fields Medal Symposium
Monday, October 15, 2012 at 7:00 p.m., Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street, Toronto

The inaugural Fields Medal Symposium is centred on the work of 2010 Fields Medallist Ngô Bào Châu, and its current and potential impact. The goal is bring Ngô's work to a broader public audience. This special program brings together students and mathematics professionals for an evening of discussion and inspiration, giving students the opportunity to ask questions and learn new ideas. Ingrid Daubechies, President of the International Mathematical Union, and Edward Frenkel, mathematician and filmmaker, will stir students' curiosity with talks about their work. Later in the evening, Ngô Bào Châu will join Ingrid, Edward, and renowned textbook author James Stewart for a panel discussion entitled Mathematics on Stage and Behind the Scenes — To Infinity and Beyond.The panel will be moderated by Zach Paikin.

The 2012 Symposium is part of the Institute's 20th Anniversary celebrations, and is the first in an annual series that will bring the most recent Fields Medallists to the Fields Institute. Visit our Symposium webpage to learn more.


Welcoming Remarks: Edward Bierstone, Director, The Fields Institute

Ingrid Daubechies, President of the International Mathematical Union

Surfing with Wavelets

Wavelets provide a mathematical tool that emerged in the 1980s from a synthesis of ideas in mathematics, physics, computer science and engineering. Wavelets provide a mathematical way to "zoom in" on details, without losing track of the large picture. They are now used in a wide range of mathematical applications, including compression and reconstruction of images from medical scans and the internet. The talk will describe some of the essential features of the approach, and illustrate with examples.

Edward Frenkel, University of California, Berkeley

Symmetry in Mathematics and Physics

Symmetry is one of the central concepts in mathematics. In geometry, it corresponds to transformations preserving various objects. In number theory, to symmetries of numbers and equations. Elementary particles and quantum fields can also be symmetrical, and the more we know about their symmetries the better we understand the interactions between them. A unifying theory of mathematical symmetries, the Langlands Program, has been gradually built over the last 45 years. And recently an unexpected link to Quantum Physics was discovered. In this talk I will give an overview of these topics for non-specialists.

Mathematics on Stage and Behind the Scenes — To Infinity and Beyond
Panel Discussion | Moderated by Zach Paikin, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto


Ngô Bào Châu
Ingrid Daubechies
Edward Frenkel
James Stewart

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James Stewart, Prof. Emeritus, McMaster University,text book author, donor of the Fields Institute Library

Edward Bierstone, Fields Institute and the University of Toronto
George Elliott, Fields Institute and the University of Toronto
John R. Gardner
Philip Siller, BroadRiver Asset Management, L.P.