Number Theorist Manjul Bhargava is Coming to Heidelberg

The mathematician received the highest distinction just a few days ago

He is one of the most outstanding mathematicians who has been awarded the Fields Medal by the International Mathematical Union (IMU) for their research achievements: Number theorist Manjul Bhargava is coming to Heidelberg at the end of September to attend the 2nd Heidelberg Laureate Forum, where he will speak to 200 young researchers from all over the world about his motivation to pursue scientific excellence. The Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) is a networking conference that takes place every September during which young mathematicians and computer scientists interact with award winners of the highest scientific distinctions in these two disciplines.

The number theorist Manjul Bhargava, who holds a position at the Ivy League Princeton University in the United States, is said to have a very special approach to mathematics that continually impresses his research colleagues given his clarity and simplicity. He received the Fields Medal for his work on solutions for so-called elliptic curves, and he had previously made headlines in the scientific community with his dissertation in which he added higher laws of composition to the so-called Gaussian composition of binary integer quadratic forms, thereby providing the first major contribution to the Gaussian composition, which had been known for over 200 years.

The young researchers invited by the Heidelberg Laureate Forum can look forward to Bhargava, for this 40-year-old mathematical genius has received numerous awards for this excellent research and teaching. One of his favorite mathematical stories that he likes to tell his students is about the Hemachandra series of numbers, which was first described in India in the 11th century and which is known in Western mathematics as the Fibonacci numbers (1,2,3,5,8,13 …): Bhargava likes to show his students that the rhythm in the Sanskrit verses follows this series of numbers and that many other phenomena in nature also follow this pattern, such as the spiral pedals of the sunflower. In Heidelberg, Manjul Bhargava will give a talk on September 25 on the topic “Rational points on elliptic and hyper-elliptic curves”, and on September 24 he will give pupils at the grammar school “Hebel-Gymnasium Schwetzingen” an idea of how he conducts his daily research.

Media representatives who would like to interview Manjul Bhargava or any other distinguished scientist during the 2nd Heidelberg Laureate Forum are asked to register at: and get in touch with one of the contact persons from the Heidelberg Laureate Forum. The updated guest list for the HLF can be found on the website of the Heidelberg Laureate Forum:

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation organizes the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) every year. The HLF is a networking event for mathematicians and computer scientists from all over the world and will take place for the second time from September 21 to 26, 2014. The HLF was initiated by the German foundation Klaus Tschira Stiftung (KTS), which promotes natural sciences, mathematics and computer science, and the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS). The Forum is organized by the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation in cooperation with KTS and HITS as well as the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the International Mathematical Union (IMU), and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (DNVA).

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