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THE UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY THIS WEEK: Three participants in one of the century's mathematical breakthroughs recently visited U of C 1 The Killam Resident Fellowship Program is under review 2 U of C is being flooded with computers and word processors 3 VOLUME 12 NUMBER 27 6 January 1983 Quote of the week: "People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.' Logan Pearsall Smith, Afterthoughts. Residences to open in September '83 The new student residences  Norquay, Brewster and Castle  are coming along right on schedule, according to manager of University Housing Len Proctor, and should be ready for occupancy by September. There are already enough applications on file from interested students that the three residences should be practically filled to capacity as soon as they are opened. Contrary to rumors which have been floating around campus lately, the residences are not intended solely for Olympic use. They will be opened as soon as construction is complete  in the case of Norquay that could be as early as June. They will be decorated in colours complementing their mountain names  Norquay in shades of green, Brewster in blue and Castle in brown. They will include a number of amenities not usually found in student residences, says Proctor  a special room for repairing bicycles and other sports equipment and hookups for computer terminals in each room are two examples. Study and recreation lounges, music, typing and social rooms have been designed to serve the students' needs and to promote social interaction. The complex will be equipped with storage areas with individual lockable compartments for Len Proctor, manager of University Housing, Ursula Wohlfarth, manager of public affairs for U of C, Valarie Arlette, a photographer for NuWest, and Larry Faye, site superintendent. Math minds + great problems = more than pure philosophy published in a 1976 paper coauthored by Jones, two Japanese number Breakthroughs in pure mathematics have never grasped public attention the way discoveries in the natural sciences and medicine do; the ideas of mathematics are more difficult to translate into the language and meaning of common experience. Last November, The University of Calgary quietly hosted three distinguished participants in one of this century's great mathematical breakthroughs. Julia Robinson, a professor of mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley and presidentelect of the American Mathematical Society, and Martin Davis of the Courant Institute of the Mathematical Sciences in New York, came to the U of C to visit Soviet mathematician Yu. V. MatijaseviC. MatijaseviC was here during the months of November and December as an exchange scientist from the Steklov Mathematical Institute of the Academy of Sciences in Leningrad. He came to work with mathematics professor James P. Jones. In the 1960s, MatijaseviC, Robinson and Davis were all working on one of the most difficult mathematical problems of recent times: the tenth on a famous list of 20 challenging problems which the German mathematician David Hilbert proposed in 1900 at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Paris. It went IT* == == ~k KM Cm* Jr +*m%\*m\ PMt»»ra ^S Third Class 1*2 Calgary, Alberta Troisieme Classe unsolved for seventy years, until 1970, when Matijasevid solved it. He was 22 years old. The tenth problem of Hilbert was to give an algorithm, or an effective method, which would decide whether a polynomial equation in several variables with integer coefficients has a solution in integers (whole numbers). Robinson, Davis and another American logician, Hilary Putnam, took the first important steps toward a solution of this problem in 1961 when they proved that there was no algorithm to decide if an exponential equation has solutions in integers. In 1970, MatijaseviC completed the solution using an ingenious number theoretical argument. He proved that an algorithm does not exist for Hilbert's tenth problem. This proof was very important to mathematicians and has received much attention from both popular and professional journalists. Among Canadian mathematicians there is great interest in MatijaseviC's work. During his brief visit to Canada, he gave some 15 different invited lectures at Canadian universities. Matijasevif's Theorem is a negative result but it has many positive and surprising consequences in logic, number theory, theoretical computer science and even game theory. One of the implications that most interested the U of Cs Jones, a logician, was the existence of a polynomial formula enumerating a particularly interesting set of numbers  the prime numbers. A formula that describes prime numbers  whole numbers that are not divisible by any other whole numbers except themselves and 1  had eluded mathematicians for centuries. Jones used MatijaseviC's proof to construct a polynomial formula for primes. This formula was continued on page 2 Endocrinologist appointed to Chair in Diabetes Research Dr. Daniel Roncari, endocrinologist, professor of medicine and Director of the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto, has been appointed to the Julia McFarlane Chair in Diabetes Research in the Faculty of Medicine. The Chair was established over a year ago when a Calgary family donated $250,000 per year for five years to help develop a major program of research for the treatment and prevention or cure of diabetes. Although Roncari's appointment is effective July 1, 1983, he will begin setting up the program almost immediately. Roncari will have a dual role to play, says Clarence Guenter, chairman of the search committee struck to find a leader in diabetes research. "Roncari will coordinate local diabetes research activity which is currently rather scattered. He will also recruit internationally to bring more faculty to add depth to the existing local talent." Guenter says several laboratories have been set aside for incoming investigators whose research will be mainly in genetics, infection and the body's autoimmune system. That the interest on the original endowment has been matched by the "The program to match the interest on endowed Chairs at universities is unique to Alberta. It will be a great help to us." Roncari, a Canadian internationally renowned for his research in endocrinology, was chosen from applicants from the United Kingdom, the U.S. and Canada.
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Directory  113 
Title  University of Calgary Gazette, Volume 012, Number 027 
Alternate Title  University of Calgary Gazette 
Volume  Volume 012 
Issue  Issue 027 
ISSN  03004333 
Date(s) of creation  19820106 
Accession number  ACC 65.001 
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Full text  THE UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY THIS WEEK: Three participants in one of the century's mathematical breakthroughs recently visited U of C 1 The Killam Resident Fellowship Program is under review 2 U of C is being flooded with computers and word processors 3 VOLUME 12 NUMBER 27 6 January 1983 Quote of the week: "People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.' Logan Pearsall Smith, Afterthoughts. Residences to open in September '83 The new student residences  Norquay, Brewster and Castle  are coming along right on schedule, according to manager of University Housing Len Proctor, and should be ready for occupancy by September. There are already enough applications on file from interested students that the three residences should be practically filled to capacity as soon as they are opened. Contrary to rumors which have been floating around campus lately, the residences are not intended solely for Olympic use. They will be opened as soon as construction is complete  in the case of Norquay that could be as early as June. They will be decorated in colours complementing their mountain names  Norquay in shades of green, Brewster in blue and Castle in brown. They will include a number of amenities not usually found in student residences, says Proctor  a special room for repairing bicycles and other sports equipment and hookups for computer terminals in each room are two examples. Study and recreation lounges, music, typing and social rooms have been designed to serve the students' needs and to promote social interaction. The complex will be equipped with storage areas with individual lockable compartments for Len Proctor, manager of University Housing, Ursula Wohlfarth, manager of public affairs for U of C, Valarie Arlette, a photographer for NuWest, and Larry Faye, site superintendent. Math minds + great problems = more than pure philosophy published in a 1976 paper coauthored by Jones, two Japanese number Breakthroughs in pure mathematics have never grasped public attention the way discoveries in the natural sciences and medicine do; the ideas of mathematics are more difficult to translate into the language and meaning of common experience. Last November, The University of Calgary quietly hosted three distinguished participants in one of this century's great mathematical breakthroughs. Julia Robinson, a professor of mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley and presidentelect of the American Mathematical Society, and Martin Davis of the Courant Institute of the Mathematical Sciences in New York, came to the U of C to visit Soviet mathematician Yu. V. MatijaseviC. MatijaseviC was here during the months of November and December as an exchange scientist from the Steklov Mathematical Institute of the Academy of Sciences in Leningrad. He came to work with mathematics professor James P. Jones. In the 1960s, MatijaseviC, Robinson and Davis were all working on one of the most difficult mathematical problems of recent times: the tenth on a famous list of 20 challenging problems which the German mathematician David Hilbert proposed in 1900 at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Paris. It went IT* == == ~k KM Cm* Jr +*m%\*m\ PMt»»ra ^S Third Class 1*2 Calgary, Alberta Troisieme Classe unsolved for seventy years, until 1970, when Matijasevid solved it. He was 22 years old. The tenth problem of Hilbert was to give an algorithm, or an effective method, which would decide whether a polynomial equation in several variables with integer coefficients has a solution in integers (whole numbers). Robinson, Davis and another American logician, Hilary Putnam, took the first important steps toward a solution of this problem in 1961 when they proved that there was no algorithm to decide if an exponential equation has solutions in integers. In 1970, MatijaseviC completed the solution using an ingenious number theoretical argument. He proved that an algorithm does not exist for Hilbert's tenth problem. This proof was very important to mathematicians and has received much attention from both popular and professional journalists. Among Canadian mathematicians there is great interest in MatijaseviC's work. During his brief visit to Canada, he gave some 15 different invited lectures at Canadian universities. Matijasevif's Theorem is a negative result but it has many positive and surprising consequences in logic, number theory, theoretical computer science and even game theory. One of the implications that most interested the U of Cs Jones, a logician, was the existence of a polynomial formula enumerating a particularly interesting set of numbers  the prime numbers. A formula that describes prime numbers  whole numbers that are not divisible by any other whole numbers except themselves and 1  had eluded mathematicians for centuries. Jones used MatijaseviC's proof to construct a polynomial formula for primes. This formula was continued on page 2 Endocrinologist appointed to Chair in Diabetes Research Dr. Daniel Roncari, endocrinologist, professor of medicine and Director of the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto, has been appointed to the Julia McFarlane Chair in Diabetes Research in the Faculty of Medicine. The Chair was established over a year ago when a Calgary family donated $250,000 per year for five years to help develop a major program of research for the treatment and prevention or cure of diabetes. Although Roncari's appointment is effective July 1, 1983, he will begin setting up the program almost immediately. Roncari will have a dual role to play, says Clarence Guenter, chairman of the search committee struck to find a leader in diabetes research. "Roncari will coordinate local diabetes research activity which is currently rather scattered. He will also recruit internationally to bring more faculty to add depth to the existing local talent." Guenter says several laboratories have been set aside for incoming investigators whose research will be mainly in genetics, infection and the body's autoimmune system. That the interest on the original endowment has been matched by the "The program to match the interest on endowed Chairs at universities is unique to Alberta. It will be a great help to us." Roncari, a Canadian internationally renowned for his research in endocrinology, was chosen from applicants from the United Kingdom, the U.S. and Canada. 