“That’s the first time I’ve ever given a presentation without my shoes on,” says Dr. Nicholas Boros
, mathematics professor. Removal of street shoes is a requirement when you enter the Institut Mittag-Leffler
, located just outside of Stockholm, Sweden, in Djursholm.
The only American mathematician attending from the United States and an expert on the Bellman function technique, Dr. Boros was invited by the 100-year-old Institute — which is part of The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences — to give this presentation. Other members of the group came from Russia, England, Greece, Spain and Ireland, as well as Scandinavia.
One of only about half of those attending who presented, he spoke on “Burkholder Functions and Sharp Estimates of Singular Integrals.” Following his 30-minute lecture, he then led a question-and-answer session relating his topic.
“Everyone speaks English, which makes it easier to present,” he says. “English is really the universal language for mathematics and technology.”
During the conference, Dr. Boros stayed at the Institute, which sits close to the Baltic Sea. This was his first trip to Sweden.
The Institute’s mission is to support international top-level research in mathematics and to link mathematicians in the international research community. Its work is sponsored by The Acta Mathematician Fund; AXA Research Fund; The European Science Foundation; Springer; Science+Business Media; The Swedish Research Council; The Research Council of Norway; The Academy of Finland; The Danish Society for Science, Technology and Innovation; The Icelandic Mathematical Society; KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm; Uppsala University; Linkoping University; Stockholm University; Umea University; and others.
Following the conference, Dr. Boros stayed in Stockholm for a few days to experience the sights and culture. He had plenty of time to do this since there were 20 hours of daylight each day. One of the highlights was visiting the Vasa Warship Museum. There, he saw the 330-year-old ship that sank just minutes after leaving on its first voyage. Known for its intricate wood carvings, it is the most well-preserved ship of its kind in the world.