Vietnamese math genius lectures in Canada, wants to expand public awareness

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Vietnam-born math professor Ngo Bao Chau lectured on his award-winning work at a four-day conference in Canada that ended Thursday.

The 40-year-old French-Vietnamese mathematician lectured on both Monday and Wednesday, emphasizing that he wanted a deeper understanding of math and science to become common knowledge among the public, Tuoi Tre reported.

He is a recipient of the Field Medal, which is considered the Nobel prize of mathematics, in 2010, for proving the fundamental lemma for automorphic forms proposed by Robert Langlands and Diana Shelstad. The award is granted every four years.

The conference "Fundamentals of Langlands Program" was held by the Fields Institute of Research in Mathematical Sciences at the University of Toronto, named after the award founder, to honor Chau's work and highlight its influence.

Chau told Vietnamese reporters on the sidelines of the conference that Vietnam is still an agriculture country and thus science would be necessary for socioeconomic development.

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He expressed his high hopes for Vietnamese young people to develop the field in their country as they continue to have more and more access to the latest global science and technology breakthroughs.

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