Mathematicians gather to discuss arithmetic geometry

Thirteen international visitors are attending the biannual Conference on Arithmetic Geometry this week, which is being hosted by the Department of Mathematical Sciences: Mathematics Division.

The conference features talks on arithmetic geometry, related areas or applications thereof.

Academics from France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Madagascar, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK and USA are joined by South African mathematicians and students to discuss topics such as Gamma values, the Pila-Wilkie Theorem and the complexity of algebraic numbers.

It is the fourth conference of its kind to be held since its inception in 2005.

The conference is being organised by Prof Florian Breuer of the SU Department of Mathematical Sciences: Mathematics Division, and Prof Barry Green, director of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS).