The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences, commonly known simply as the Fields Institute, is an international centre for scientific research in mathematical sciences. It is an independent non-profit with strong ties to 20 Ontario universities, including the University of Toronto, where it occupies a purpose-built building on the St. George campus. Fields was established in 1992, and was briefly based at the University of Waterloo before relocating to Toronto in 1995.

Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences
Named afterJohn Charles Fields
Formation1992 (1992)
Founded atUniversity of Waterloo
TypeEducational institute
HeadquartersUniversity of Toronto
St. George Campus
Coordinates43°39′32″N 79°23′51″W / 43.658813°N 79.397574°W / 43.658813; -79.397574
MethodsCollaboration and study
Formerly called
Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences

The institute is named after Canadian mathematician John Charles Fields, after whom the Fields Medal is also named. Fields' name was given to the institute in recognition of his contributions to mathematics and his work on behalf of high level mathematical scholarship in Canada.[1]

As a centre for mathematical activity, the institute brings together mathematicians from Canada and abroad. It also supports the collaboration between professional mathematicians and researchers in other domains, such as statistics, computer science, engineering, physical and biological sciences, medicine, economics and finance, telecommunications and information systems. It also holds monthly meetings on mathematics education, attended by participants from secondary school boards, university mathematics departments and the private sector.

Building edit

The institute occupies a building at the university that was specially conceived and constructed for its activities, designed by Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects.

The building accommodates up to 66 visitors and their support staff, providing office spaces and full access to the mathematics collection of the University of Toronto Libraries.

Publications edit

The Fields Institute Monographs (FIM), jointly published with the American Mathematical Society, features the research work of the institute.[2]

Fellows edit

In 2002, the Fields Institute initiated the Fields Institute Fellows program to recognize outstanding contributions to activities at the Fields Institute and within the Canadian mathematical community.[3] The fellowship is a lifetime appointment. Winners of the CRM-Fields-PIMS prize are automatically recommended for fellowship.[3]

References edit

  1. ^ "About The Fields Institute". Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences. 2014-09-16. Retrieved 2022-08-03.
  2. ^ "Fields Institute Monographs". American Mathematical Society.
  3. ^ a b "Fields Institute Fellows". Fields Institute. University of Toronto. Retrieved 26 April 2017.

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