Publish Date: 21.03.2017

Category: News from the University

The Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the University of Ljubljana will welcome Dr Cédric Villani. word-renowned French mathematician and recipient of the Fields Medal. You are invited to attend his lecture on Friday 31 March at 10.15 AM in lecture room 2.05 at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the University of Ljubljana (Jadranska 21). The lecture will be in English.

Dr Villani’s lecture is entitled Henri Poincaré’s Best and Worst Mistake. Henri Poincaré, the world’s greatest mathematician, died over a century ago. To this day, his work, writings and universality make him one of the most prominent embodiments of the creativity of the human mind. His mistakes, on the other hand, are proof that even the greatest minds can sometimes be mistaken. 

Dr Cédric Villani was born in 1973 in France. He studied mathematics at the prestigious faculty École Normale Supérieure in Paris, where he then became a lecturer. He received his doctorate in 1998 from the Dauphine University of Paris. Dr Villani holds lectures around the world and is currently the director of the Henri-Poincaré Institute at the Pierre and Marie Curie University, and a professor at the Claude-Bernard-Lyon-I University. He has received numerous international accolades, among them the prestigious Fields Medal in 2010, which is awarded once every four years to mathematicians under 40 years of age by the International Congress of Mathematicians.  

A passionate mathematician, he wishes to share his ardour with others, therefore he is a champion of promoting science to broad audiences; he lectures in primary and secondary schools, as well as science festivals, and he appears regularly on television shows. He has also written several broad-audience books. His Théorème vivant  (‘Birth of a Theorem’, 2012) will soon be published in Slovene. 

You may learn more about Dr Villani from his website. You may also listen to an interview from 2014, when he was interviewed by Radio Slovenia reporter Maja Ratej.


Photograph by Marie-Lan Nguyen (Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY 3.0).