The video was a spontaneous idea the day before, it was completely improvised, |
the blackboard lecture was given with 15 minutes of preparation,
mathematics friends all over the world were asked on the very PI day if they could send a 2 min video, as it comes spontenously to their mind.
An interesting "synchronicity" (entanglement ?!) happened between Shi Jin in Shanghai and me in Vienna: completely independently we chose the topics "how to estimate the value of PI by polygons" and "how to Quantify Uncertainty".
In the end, these videos combine to "A beautiful message":
our global community will survive the corona crisis,
we scientists can help to overcome and prevent such crisis !
We mathematicians should combine the skills and results of "Pure math" and "Applied math" for the best of "Mathematics in the Applications" !
Thanks to Alfio, Doron, Peter, Shi, Zhennan, Edriss, Claude and Birgit for the videos
thanks to Inma, Yvette, Hans Peter and Walter for technical help.
I am looking forward to the sunny day when we will meet all together again to have a "Pauli symposium" on "Mathematics has no borders", where we share "A delicious PIe".
For the weeks, months, years to come I wish us courage and patience,
may the world that arises from the corona crisis be a better one for fighting the climate catastrophy.
Norbert J Mauser
PS: the choice of mathematicians who present a short video was more or less random among my personal global friends who had a few hours to answer to my request, also related to the time shift between Asia, Europe and North America - the 3 continents where I have been working.
I chose Alfio as first, he is locked in the European epicenter of corona, and Claude as last, as the "doyen" of a large community celebrating his 80th birthday on 4.April.
Note that China, "by coincidence", has 2 of the 7 speakers, with the only "youngster" among them.
Things are shifting from the USA to China, with Europe in the middle ...