Oppenheim Lecture 2017


The Oppenheim Lectures is a distinguished lecture series jointly organised by the Department of Mathematics and the Institute for Mathematical Sciences (IMS) at NUS. It was started in 2015, in honour of Sir Alexander OPPENHEIM, who held the position of Professor and first Head of the Department from 1931 until 1959, at the time of Raffles College. Prof Oppenheim was a well-known number theorist, notably for the Oppenheim Conjecture, which was settled by Gregori MARGULIS in the affirmative in 1986.


The speaker for the 3rd Oppenheim Lecture was Prof Elon LINDENSTRAUSS, Professor of Mathematics at the Hebrew University, who delivered a lecture “On an Effective Proof of the Oppenheim Conjecture (a joint work with G. A. Margulis)” on 15 February. Prof Lindenstrauss is well-known for his work in the area of ergodic theory and its applications to number theory. In recognition of his achievements, he was awarded the Fields Medal in Mathematics in 2010.


In conjunction with the Oppenheim Lecture, a Workshop on Ergodic Theory and Dynamical Systems was held from 14 to 16 February, with speakers from NUS and leading institutions in the Asia-Pacific region including the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Peking University and Seoul National University. Prof Lindenstrauss also shared his insights with students interested in mathematics and mathematical research at a special dialogue session on 16 February.


Through this distinguished lecture series, the Department of Mathematics and IMS hope to profile the Department’s research accomplishments and to cement its reputation as one of the leading mathematics departments in Asia.



Speaker for the 3rd Oppenheim Lecture Prof Elon Lindenstrauss, Professor of Mathematics at the Hebrew University



Attendees were immersed in the lecture



A group photo (from left) Prof Zhang De-Qi, Prof Dinh Tien Cuong and Head of Mathematics Department Prof Zhu Chengbo.
Prof Zhang and Prof Dinh were also speakers at the workshop.