Fry’s Electronics has announced that it will close after more than 40 years in business. AIM appreciates the generous support it has received over the years from the Fry’s company and the Fry’s Family Foundation. Upcoming AIM activities will take place as scheduled.

Call for Proposals

AIM seeks proposals for its in-person workshops and SQuaREs programs, as well as for its virtual workshops and online Research Communities programs. In-person activities from successful proposals will take place at the new AIM facility on the campus of Caltech in Pasadena, California.

The deadline for submitting proposals is November 1.

AIM is moving to Caltech

The American Institute of Mathematics is pleased to announce a new partnership with the California Institute of Technology, Caltech.

After more than two decades in the Bay Area, AIM will move to its new home in Pasadena, CA, in early 2023. AIM will be located on the Caltech campus in the new Richard Merkin Center for Pure and Applied Mathematics, a research center and conference space that has been established in connection with AIM’s move to Caltech, with support from Richard N. Merkin and the Merkin Family Foundation.

“We are excited by this opportunity. Caltech’s energy and innovative spirit are a perfect match for AIM,” says Executive Director Brian Conrey. “Being housed on this prestigious campus and partnering with multiple departments will generate a synergy that will expand the scope of AIM’s current activities and seed new directions.”

The innovations in collaborative research which began at AIM more than 20 years ago have now become part of the culture of mathematics. “AIM’s approach aligns with the culture here at Caltech, where we are drawn to fundamental, hard problems, and where mathematics runs through research endeavors across campus,” according to Chris Umans, professor of computer science at Caltech.

AIM will continue regular operations at its current facility in San Jose until the move in early 2023.

More details are available on the Caltech website.

Covid Policy

The AIM staff is fully vaccinated, and being fully vaccinated is a requirement for participation. Other Covid-related rules, such as masking, will follow current local, state, and national rules. Santa Clara County, where AIM is located, has had among the most restrictive rules in the country, but on March 2, 2022, the indoor mask requirement was lifted. See the Public Health FAQ for further information.

Participants should carry proof of vaccination with them at all times, including when coming to AIM.

50 Years of Number Theory and Random Matrix Theory

This past summer from June 21 to 24, the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton hosted a conference to celebrate the conversation between Hugh Montgomery and Freeman Dyson that took place in the IAS tea room in April 1972. It was then that anyone first realized that the distribution of distances between pairs of zeros of the Riemann zeta-function behaves (after rescaling) like the distribution of distances between the eigenvalues of large random Hermitian matrices.

That conversation began what is now a 50 year long dialog between the areas of number theory and random matrix theory. The conference covered the history of the interaction, explored the current research, and presented many open questions of interest that promise to keep the dialog going into the future.

For a list of speakers and titles see the conference website.

Math activities for students, teachers, families — just about everyone!

AIM’s Math Communities website has a new calendar of upcoming math activities you can take part in.

Upcoming Workshops

Math that feels good

Creating learning resources for blind students

Martha Siegel, Professor Emerita from Towson University in Maryland, was working with a blind student who needed a statistics textbook for a required course. The Braille version of the textbook required six months to prepare, a delay which caused the student a significant delay in her studies. Siegel reached out to Al Maneki, a retired NSA mathematician who is blind, and the two of them decided to do something about it.

Focusing on math textbooks initially, Siegel and Maneki pulled together a collaborative team intent on solving the problem. “We were shocked to realize there did not already exist an automated method for producing mathematics Braille textbooks,” said Alexei Kolesnikov, a colleague of Siegel at Towson University and member of the team. Read more…