Greenburgh Central 7 will assemble an impressive array of brainpower when two top alumni from Harvard University's Math Department share their knowledge with students and other guests, Friday, June 1, beginning at 10 a.m., Woodlands High School, 475 West Hartsdale Avenue, Hartsdale. The seminar is open to the entire community.
The duo, Dr. Jonathan David Farley and Dr. Edward Frenkel, will hold back-to-back lectures -- 10 a.m. Frenkel, 11 a.m. Farley. Frenkel’s lecture is entitled “The Magic World of Math.” Farley’s lecture is entitled “How to Get Straight A’s at Harvard.”
“We are delighted and very proud to present this program by these distinguished scholars,” GC7 Interim Superintendent Ronald Ross said. “We can all learn something about mathematics from Drs. Farley and Frenkel. Their innovative approach to math has earned them distinction internationally.”
Farley has already been holding math seminars at the school, which were launched on “Pi Day” March 14 (or 3.14, the formula for Pi). The seminars have been open to Woodlands students as well as pupils from throughout the community. His enthusiasm about the district children and their willingness to learn encouraged him to invite Frenkel to conduct a lecture.
Farley has been a Visiting Professor of Mathematics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), a Science Fellow at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation, a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Mathematics at Harvard University, and a Visiting Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Seed Magazine named Farley one of “15 people who have shaped the global conversation about science in 2005.”
Farley is the 2004 recipient of the Harvard Foundation’s Distinguished Scientist of the Year Award, a medal presented on behalf of the president of Harvard University in recognition of “outstanding achievements and contributions in the field of mathematics.”
In 2001-02, Farley was a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar to the United Kingdom. He was one of only four Americans to win this award in 2001-02.
Frenkel grew up in Russia, where he started doing mathematical research as a college student. At age 21 he was invited to Harvard University as a Visiting Professor. A year later he entered the Ph.D. program at Harvard which he completed in one year. After serving as an Associate Professor at Harvard, he was appointed, at age 28, as a Full Professor of Mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley. He is also currently holding the Eilenberg Visiting Chair at Columbia University.
Frenkel is one of the world leaders in the area known as the Langlands Program, which ties together such diverse fields as Geometry, Representation Theory, and Quantum Physics. Among his awards are the Hermann Weyl Prize, the Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering, and the first Chaire d’Excellence award from Fondation Sciences Mathématiques de Paris