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Berkeley Writers at Work: Edward Frenkel

Photo of Edward Frenkel
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October 25, 2018 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Morrison Library, 101 Doe Library

(Photo of Edward Frenkel by Elizabeth Lippman)

Professor Frenkel is the author of The New York Times bestseller and award-winning book Love and Math (Basic Books, 2014), which weaves Frenkel’s personal and academic journey from the Soviet Union to Harvard and then Berkeley with a profound appreciation for the beauty and wonder of mathematics.

Jim Holt, in the New York Review of Books, calls Love and Math a “winsome new memoir…a Platonic love letter to mathematics; an attempt to give the layman some idea of its most magnificent dramain-progress; and an autobiographical account, by turns inspiring and droll, of how the author himself came to be a leading player in that drama." Marcus du Sautoy, in Nature, writes, “Frenkel deftly takes the reader from the beginnings of this mathematical symphony to the far reaches of our current understanding.” And The New York Times calls it “powerful, passionate and inspiring.” The book has been published in 18 languages.

In addition to writing Love and Math, Edward Frenkel has contributed numerous articles to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, Slate, Huffington Post, Scientific American, and other general-interest publications. He has published more than 90 scholarly articles in academic journals, and he has lectured on his work around the world. His recent work has focused on the Langlands program, considered by many in the field as “the grand unified theory of mathematics,” as it draws connections between disparate fields of mathematics—among them number theory, geometry and quantum physics.

Born in Soviet-era Russia, Frenkel was invited to study at Harvard University as the recipient of the Harvard Prize Fellowship. After one subsequent year of study, he received his Ph.D. from Harvard and, three years later, became an associate professor. He joined the faculty of UC Berkeley in 1997. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, and the winner of the Hermann Weyl Prize in mathematical physics.

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John Levine