Tuesday, November 25, 2008

AFRICAN MATH INSTITUTES


Just we saw the video that reward innovative personalities : Award TED (Technology Entertainment and Design conference 2008), we were magnetized by the simplicity and great personality of the theoretical physicist and cosmologist Neil Turok, professor of mathematical physics in Cambridge University/UK. Turok, a baby face South African giant, said that when he was a child, his parents were imprisoned because of his stand against the african Apartheid. His limited economic resources as a result, did not remove his passion for learning math and physics, a interest that would take him to develop a PhD at Princeton where he deploys innovative ideas. Turok and colleagues believe that the ongoing collision between 2 branes (superstrings), in a multidimensional space, creates a cyclical universe (multiple universes).
Following the rules at the time of receiving the TED Award, Turok had to make a wish :Will the next Einstein come from Africa?, revealing a social-educational side of Turok. With the financial help of Mike Lazaridis, Turok is committed to creating in Africa, 15 institutes of higher math (African Institute for Mathematical Sciences: AIMS), where the speakers are top scientists, including Stephen Hawking. Some of his african students are doing now their PhDs at Princeton and in other African universities. In these institutes african students studying math at a high level, for 9 months and then developed refinements in Canada (Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics/Waterloo, Ontario) and in other countries. The ultimate goal is that these graduates will help the development of Africa.


INSTITUTOS AFRICANOS de MATEMATICAS

Apenas vimos el video que premiaba a personalidades innovadoras : Premio TED (Technology Entertainment and Design conference 2008), quedamos magnetizados por la sencilléz y personalidad del físico teórico y cosmólogo Neil Turok, profesor de Fisica Matemática del Cambridge University/UK. Turok, un gigante sudafricano de gran corazón y cara de niño, dice que cuando era niño, sus padres estuvieron presos a causa de su posición en contra del Apartheid africano. Sus limitados recursos económicos a causa de ello, no eliminaron su pasión por aprender matemáticas y física, interés que lo llevaría a desarrollar un PhD en Princeton donde despliega ideas innovadoras. Turok y colaboradores piensan que la continua colisión entre 2 branas (supercuerdas), en un espacio multidimensional, crea un universo ciclico (universos múltiples).

Siguiendo las reglas, en el momento de recibir el Premio Ted Turok, tuvo que formular un deseo el mismo que fué : Emergerá un nuevo Einstein, de África?, revelando una actividad colateral de Turok. Con la ayuda económica de
Mike Lazaridis, Turok se empeña en la creación a lo largo y ancho de Africa, de 15 institutos superiores de matemáticas (African Institute for Mathematical Sciences :AIMS), donde los disertantes son cientificos del más alto nivel, incluyendo a Stephen Hawking. Algunos de sus alumnos africanos ya realizan sus PhDs en Princeton y en otras universidades africanas. En estos institutos los alumnos estudian matemáticas de alto nivel, durante 9 meses y luego de ello desarrollan perfeccionamientos en Canadá (Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics/Waterloo, Notario) y otros paises. El objetivo final es que estos graduados ayuden al desarrollo de Africa.

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