7.50pm to 9.15pm, Friday 29 April
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On 23 May 2015, John Forbes Nash tragically died in a taxi accident, just after receiving the most prestigious award that a mathematician can dream of, the Abel Prize. This tragic episode was the last event in a life which was so full of amazing events that Nash became an icon of human genius, recipient of the Nobel Prize and hero of a Hollywood movie looking at his life marked by mental illness.
But most of all, Nash was a prophet who founded several new chapters of game theory and geometric analysis in just a few revolutionary contributions that seemed to come from nowhere. Fields medal winner, Cédric Villani will take us through this very special world of mathematical creation.
Cédric Villani is a French mathematician who works primarily on partial differential equations, Riemannian geometry and mathematical physics. He was awarded the prestigious Fields Medal in 2010 – an award often viewed as the highest honour a mathematician can receive.
The dress code for this event is smart.
The Discourse is a perfect occasion to meet like-minded people who share an enthusiasm for science and technology!
Our Discourse drinks reception in the Atrium provides a vibrant and welcoming social space where Ri members and their guests can meet each other, share a drink or two with canapés and explore 200 years of science innovation in the Faraday Museum before attending the Discourse in our famous lecture theatre. The reception runs from 6.30pm – 7.30pm and tickets are £15 per person for Ri Members and their guests.
A fine dining menu is also served before and after the Discourse in our restaurant and restaurant reservations are open to Ri Members and non-members.
To book your table or the Discourse drinks reception, please call
020 7670 2973 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you haven't been before, Discourses are traditional events that date back to 1825. There is also a certain level of tradition and ceremony during the event, including: the speaker and host walk through the doors as the clock bell rings at exactly 8pm; the speaker starts the talk with no introduction or hellos, and should finish at 9pm as the clock bell rings again; the speaker is locked in a room 10 minutes before the talk begins to prevent them running away (legend has it that once a speaker escaped just before the discourse).
Find out more about the history of the Friday Evening Discourses on our blog.
Benefit from free and better than half-price tickets, special offers and access to the CHRISTMAS LECTURES ticket ballot.