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Alfréd Rényi Mathematical Research Institute to Host Summer School and Conference

MTI-Hungary Today 2024.07.01.

The HUN-REN Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics, in collaboration with the Simons Foundation, is organizing a summer school and conference at the Erdős Center in Budapest, starting July 1.

András Stipsicz, mathematician and director of the HUN-REN Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics, provided details about the upcoming events. The “New structures in low-dimensional topology” summer school will take place from July 1-5 at the Rényi Institute and Gólyavár. It will feature lectures on topics and techniques in low-dimensional topology. Following the summer school, a related conference will be held from July 8 to 12 at the Erdős Center, which was founded and is maintained by the Institute.

Both events are supported by the Simons Foundation, an organization established by the late Jim Simons, a distinguished mathematician and businessman.


James Harris Simons. Photo: Wikipedia

James Harris Simons, born in 1938, had a remarkable career spanning academia and business. He studied mathematics at top American universities and worked as a code breaker during the Vietnam War. Simons later served as a department chair at Stony Brook University, part of the State University of New York, before transitioning to business. There, he became a pioneering figure in quantitative investing. In 1978, Simons founded the Renaissance Technologies hedge fund, revolutionizing trading through innovative use of algorithms and mathematical models. He gained renown as the “king” of quantitative investing and is considered one of the most successful fund managers in history.

This collaboration between the Rényi Institute and the Simons Foundation highlights the ongoing impact of Simons’ work in both mathematics and finance, while providing a platform for advancing research in low-dimensional topology.

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