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Julia Robinson and Hilbertís Tenth Problem

a film by George Csicsery


Mathematics Dept
Union College

October 26, 2015
5:00 pm
Bailey Hall 207

Refreshments will be served in Bailey Hall 204 4:45pm


In 1900 the prominent German mathematician David Hilbert published twenty-three problems in mathematics as the most important mathematical problems of the 20th century. Some of these problems were very influential for 20th century mathematics, and a lot of them have been solved since then. The tenth Hilbertís problem asks whether there is an algorithm for deciding if a polynomial equation with integer coefficients has an integer solution. This problem was resolved in the negative in 1970 as the result of the work of several mathematicians in the span of 21 years. Julia Robinson and Hilbertís Tenth Problem features one of these prominent mathematicians, Julia Robinson, and her quest to solve this problem. Robinson is a pioneer among American women in mathematics and rose to prominence in a field that was historically dominated by men. She was the first woman elected to the mathematical section of the National Academy of Sciences, and the first woman to become president of the American Mathematical Society. In the film, Robinsonís major contribution to the solution of Hilbertís 10th problem triggers a tour of the 20th century mathematics that moves from Paris in 1900, through the United States, to the Soviet Union and back.

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