Mathematics, between Past and Future

Presented by Jean-Pierre Kahane
French Académie des Sciences
Professeur émérite, Université de Paris-Sud

Abstract
Mathematics is a living science. Solutions of old Problems, unexpected discoveries, new trend. Examples.  Is the past present in mathematics ? Yes and no, this will be discussed. Is mathematics a science of the future ? Likely yes. Relations to the sciences will be mentioned, also the not obvious role of mathematics in the world and between the genders.


Speaker’s profile
Jean-Pierre Kahane is a mathematician, author of many papers and several books in Fourier analysis and related fields. Also interested in education and history of science.

Born in 1926, Ecole Normale Supérieure 1946-49, CNRS 1949-54, Montpellier University 1954-61, Orsay 1961 until retirement (1994);  and now Professeur émérite, Université de Paris-Sud

Social and professional responsibilities of many kinds including: President of the French Mathematical Society (1972) President of the University of Paris-Sud (1975), President of the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction ( 1983).