Creative Minds, Charmed Lives: Interviews at Institute for Mathematical Sciences, National University of Singapore

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World Scientific, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
This book features interviews of 38 eminent mathematicians and mathematical scientists who were invited to participate in the programs of the Institute for Mathematical Sciences, National University of Singapore. Originally published in its newsletter Imprints from 2003 to 2009, these interviews give a fascinating and insightful glimpse into the passion driving some of the most creative minds in modern research in pure mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, economics and engineering. The reader is drawn into a panorama of the past and present development of some of the ideas that have revolutionized modern science and mathematics. This book should be relevant to those who are interested in the history and psychology of ideas. It should provide motivation, inspiration and guidance to students who aspire to do research and to beginning researchers who are looking for career niches. For those who wish to be broadly educated, it is informative without delving into excessive technical details and is, at the same time, thought provoking enough to arouse their curiosity to learn more about the world around them.
 

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Contents

Graphs Extremal and Random
3
Stable Islands Chaotic Seas
17
On Her Majestys the Queen of Sciences Service
27
Analyst in Conformal Land
35
Basic Research Hidden Returns
41
On Wings of Splines
51
The Lure of Magic and Mathematics
59
Sparse Data Beautiful Mine
67
Infectious Diseases Vaccines Models
185
Choice Models Maximal Preferences
195
Magnetohydrodynamic Attraction
203
Mathematician with an Edge
215
Computer Vision Digital Magic
223
Unraveling Genes Understanding Diseases
233
On the Shoulder of a Giant
243
ChangePoint a Consequential Analysis
253

Archway to Nobel
77
Efficient Markets Random Paths
85
Mathematician in Control
95
Mathematics Music Masters
103
Viral Visitations Epidemic Models
109
Brownian Motion White Noise
115
Exceptional Lie Group Theorist
123
Dancing with Randomness
131
Economist for All Seasons
139
Modeling and Harnessing Turbulence
147
Revolution Transitions Partial Differential Equations
157
Of Science in Defense
167
Game Theory Master
175
Logic and Mathematics
265
Good Gene Hunting
275
The Invariant the Direct and the Pretentious
283
The Changing Face of Applied Mathematics
289
Zen of Computational Attraction
297
Optimization an Interior Point of View
305
Wireless Communications at the Shannon Limit
313
Breathing Mathematics into Genes
323
Author Index
330
Photo Credits
332
Disclaimer
333
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