(Melbourne, Australia) – The Greek Centre in Melbourne, Australia will host a lecture titled, “Caratheodory and Metropolis: Two Greek Giants of 20th Century Mathematics,” which celebrates the life and works of two prominent Greek mathematicians on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 7:00 PM. The lecture is completely free but doors will close if there are no longer any spaces so arrive early to get your seat!
The lecture organizers say that it is a well known fact that Greeks have contributed to mathematics, particular Ancient Greeks, such as Pythagorus and Euclid. However, there are also some mathematicians who came from Modern Greece who have also contributed. Lecturer Anastasios Panagiotelis will talk about two key modern contributors to mathematics – Constantine Caratheodory and Nicholas Metropolis.
According t the Greek Centre’s event page, “Although more contemporary Greek mathematicians may not be as famous as Pythagoras, Archimedes and Euclid, their contributions have nevertheless been profound.This lecture will discuss the lives and achievements of two great Greek mathematicians of the 20th Century.”
Constantin Caratheodory was a Greek mathematician who was actually born in Germany. He went on to become the Founding Dean of the Ionian University of Smyrna, which was founded in the 1920’s but was also fairly short lived due to the political situation in Smyrna at the time. Nicholas Metropolis was a Greek American who was born in Chicago, Illinois in the United States in 1915. He worked on the Manhattan Project and also helped develop some of the first digital computers.
As you can see, these two men were of Greek descent but lived outside of Greece. They had many accomplishments under their belts. The lecture will talk about their life and works. The event website says that, “In addition to celebrating their achievements, the lecture will also highlight how these two diaspora Greeks connected to their roots through mathematics and science, which have an enduring and vital presence in Greek history and culture.”