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Nankai Symposium on Mathematical Dialogues

Celebrating the 110th anniversary of the birth of Prof. S.-S. Chern

  • Conference proceedings
  • Nov 2024
  • Latest edition


  • Provides colloquium-style conference talks spanning different fields of mathematics
  • Promotes mathematical conversations across diverse fields
  • Celebrates the 110th birthday of Prof. S.S. Chern who was passionate about mathematics across the disciplines

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About this book

This volume is the proceedings of a special conference dedicated to the legacy of Prof. S.-S. Chern, virtually held at the Chern Institute of Mathematics, Nankai University. The conference lasted 2 weeks, and included more than 80 talks, highlighted by a special public lecture by Sir Roger Penrose, on his Nobel winning work on black-holes.

The talks ranged from string theory to number theory, from algebraic geometry to muon detectors, from machine-learning to category theory, etc., all intended to be colloquium-style talks lasting 45 min each. Prof. Chern was a huge proponent and influential figure in “Mathematical Dialogues” and the wide range of topics and discussions are in this spirit.

This book is appealing to mathematicians at the PhD level who are eager to learn about how interesting mathematics show up in different fields, especially geometry, theoretical physics, number theory and modern data science.


  • Mathematical Physics
  • Number Theory
  • Algebraic Geometry
  • Mathematical Biology
  • Machine Learning
  • String Theory
  • Quantum Field Theory
  • Muon Detection
  • Wearable Optics
  • Data Science

Editors and Affiliations

  • London Institute for Mathematical Scienc, London, United Kingdom

    Yang-Hui He

  • Chern Institute of Mathematics, Nankai University, Tianjin, China

    Mo-Lin Ge, Cheng-Ming Bai

  • Department of Mathematics, City, University of London, London, United Kingdom

    Jiakang Bao, Edward Hirst

About the editors

Professor Yang-Hui He is a Fellow of the London Institute for Mathematical Sciences, housed in the Michael Faraday suites in the Royal Institute of Great Britain; professor of mathematics at City, University of London; Tutor in mathematics at Merton College, University of Oxford; and Chang-Jiang Chair of physics at Nankai University. He works at the interface of string theory, algebraic and combinatorial geometry, and was one of the pioneers in introducing machine learning to theoretical physics and pure mathematics. 

Professor Mo-Lin Ge is a professor at the Chern Institute of Mathematics, Nankai University, China. He is also an Academician of Chinese Academy of Science. He has a long and distinguished career in the field of theoretical physics since the 1960s and has made many contributions to mathematical physics.

Professor Chengming Bai is a professor and current director at the Chern Institute of Mathematics, Nankai University, China.  He has been interested in the study of certain algebraic systems which are related to mathematical physics and Lie theory, and their applications.

Jiakang Bao is a PhD student at City, University of London under the supervision of Prof. Y.-H. He, and a visiting researcher at the London Institute for Mathematical Sciences. His current research interests lie primarily in quiver gauge theories and BPS algebras, in the interface between theoretical physics, algebraic geometry and number theory.

Edward Hirst is a Doctoral researcher at City, University of London with Professor Y.-H He and a visiting researcher at the London Institute for Mathematical Sciences. He examines mathematical objects within theoretical physics, focusing on those related to string and gauge theories as well as the related algebraic geometry, in particular Calabi-Yau manifolds. His current work centres on applications of a variety of techniques from machine learning to databases ofthese objects, with the aim of uncovering interesting phenomena and interrelations. He will start his postdoctoral fellowship at Queen Mary, University of London.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Nankai Symposium on Mathematical Dialogues

  • Book Subtitle: Celebrating the 110th anniversary of the birth of Prof. S.-S. Chern

  • Editors: Yang-Hui He, Mo-Lin Ge, Cheng-Ming Bai, Jiakang Bao, Edward Hirst

  • Publisher: Springer Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Mathematics and Statistics, Mathematics and Statistics (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2024

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-19-2327-2Due: 22 November 2024

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-981-19-2330-2Due: 22 November 2024

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-19-2328-9Due: 22 November 2024

  • Edition Number: 1

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