International conference on the Zero

When, local time: 
Tuesday, 5 April 2016 -
10:00am to 5:00pm
France, Paris
Type of Event: 
Meeting by Member States or Institutions
10 a.m.-11 a.m. (Ségur Hall): SESSION 2
Indian Mathematics: Negative Numbers, Zero, Infinity and Beyond
A session by Prof. Shailendra Mehta from Auro University, Gurajat (India), on the link between mathematics, its contribution towards development of other disciplines and the use of negative numbers.
10 a.m.-11 a.m. (Room VI): SESSION 3
Zero: Infinity and Set Theory
An interactive session by Mr Romain Attal, médiateur scientifique de mathématique,
Palais de la découverte in Paris
11.15 a.m.: Tea/coffee break
11.45 a.m.-1 p.m. (Ségur Hall): SESSION 4
Panel discussion on the Arabic traditions in Mathematics
• Dr Marc Moyon, Lecturer at the University of Limoges (France)
• Prof. Mahdi Abdeljaouad, University of Tunis (Tunisia)
• Prof. Ahmed Djebbar, Professor Emeritus at the University of Lille (France)
Moderator: Mr George Papagiannis, Chief of media relations, UNESCO.
2.15 p.m.-3 15 p.m. (Room IV): SESSION 5
Mathematics in Indian Music
A special session by Prof. Manjul Bhargava, Professor of Mathematics, Princeton
University (United States).
3.30 p.m: Tea/ Coffee break
4 p.m.-5 p.m. (Room IV): SESSION 6
High-Level Segment: Closing
Welcome remarks by H. E. Ms Ruchira Kamboj, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of
India to UNESCO
Adresses by:
• Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
• Ms Smriti Zubin Irani, Minister of Human Resource Development,
Government of India
• Prof. Laurent Lafforgue, Professor at the Institute of Advanced Scientific Studies
(France ) and Fields Medalist in Mathematics
• Prof. Manjul Bhargava of Princeton University and Fields Medalist in Mathematics
On this occasion, the bust of the Indian mathematician-astronomer Aryabhata ( 476-550 CE) will be unveiled and donated to UNESCO by the Government of India

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