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Tenth Anniversary: News Article

Celebrating 10 Years of Mathematics


The Institute for Mathematical Sciences (IMS) at NUS celebrated its 10th anniversary on 24 June 2010. Marking the event were invited lectures by three eminent mathematicians - President of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Prof Tony Chan, University of California Berkeley's Prof Hugh Woodin and NUS Department of Mathematics' Prof Sun Yeneng. In attendance to celebrate the anniversary were some 80 guests hailing from countries which included Hong Kong, USA, Australia, France, Switzerland and Japan.

Congratulating IMS on its anniversary, NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan said: "NUS has a critical role to play, as a key driver of knowledge creation, transmission and application. The quality and impact of our research are on a steeply rising trajectory. IMS, set up in the year 2000, is a key part of our plans to put NUS on the world map for mathematics education and research and to underpin the kind of research that the university is doing."

Concurrent with the celebrations, IMS announced the set-up of the Asian Initiative for Infinity (AII), which is funded through an endowed gift of S$1.4 million from the John Templeton Foundation. The gift is eligible for the dollar-for-dollar matching fund from the Singapore Government.

To commemorate the occasion, a book published by the World Scientific and titled "Creative Minds, Charmed Lives" was also launched. The book is a compilation of interviews with 38 eminent scientists and mathematicians that were carried out at the Institute over the past 10 years.

The IMS is a university-level research institute which aims to foster mathematical research, both fundamental and multidisciplinary. The Institute also seeks to nurture the growth of mathematical expertise among research scientists, to train talent for research in the mathematical sciences, and to serve as a platform for research interaction between the scientific community in Singapore and the wider international community.

Appeared in NUS' News Portal.


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