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Modern Mathematics Lecture Series kicks off for lifelong learners

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Published: October 23, 2019

Tokyo Tech's School of Science recently joined forces with Sugakubunka Co. Ltd., a Tokyo-based company specializing in mathematics and mathematical science education for adults, to launch the Modern Mathematics Lecture Series for lifelong learners. As interest regarding mathematics and its benefits for society continues to grow, the Institute launched this project to share its knowledge in the field with a wider range of interested parties — not only high school and university students.

The first set of lectures was held at a full Tokyo Tech Lecture Theatre for 200 participants on September 29, 2019. After opening words from School of Science Dean Kotaro Yamada, faculty members from the Department of Mathematics shared their knowledge through four lectures.

Over 200 math fans at Tokyo Tech Lecture Theatre
Over 200 math fans at Tokyo Tech Lecture Theatre

Dean Yamada's greeting
Dean Yamada's greeting

Speaker
Lecture title
Asst. Prof. Hidetoshi Masai
The "shapes" of juggling
Assoc. Prof. Masatoshi Suzuki
Understanding the analytic continuation of the Zeta function
Assoc. Prof. Tomoki Kawahira
Shapes that attract shapes: Fractals, iterated function systems, and fixed point theorems
Prof. Fumiharu Kato
The congruent number problem and the L-function

Asst. Prof. Masai's lecture on shapes in juggling
Asst. Prof. Masai's lecture on shapes in juggling

Assoc. Prof. Suzuki's talk on Zeta function
Assoc. Prof. Suzuki's talk on Zeta function

Prof. Kato during final lecture of afternoon
Prof. Kato during final lecture of afternoon

Throughout the session, each Tokyo Tech faculty member addressed contemporary mathematical conundrums in their own, particular way. Despite the demanding schedule, audience members maintained their interest and enthusiasm until the end of the unique, five-hour event.

Due to the popularity of the inaugural event, the schedules for Sessions Two and Three of the series, which will be smaller in scale, have already been decided. The second session, which will focus on pseudospherical surfaces, will be held on December 15. Session Three is being planned for March 15, 2020.

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This article has been updated to delete photos on March 3.

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