Category Archives: Banff International Research Station

They also owned the podium for Canada

… away from your cameras and without your millions. “We were very grateful to have our summer training for the Canadian International Math Olympiad (IMO) team at the Banff International Research Station (BIRS) again this year. As in previous years, the … Continue reading

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My name is “Small Number” and I was born in Banff, Alberta

I am not a character from a Stanley Kubrick movie. I am “Small Number” and it was exactly on November 22d of the Year 2009, that I was born in the Canadian Rockies at the intersection of three glacial valleys at a … Continue reading

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Telling a Gaussian distribution curve from a Faustian one

“Thank you so much for this opportunity for a non-mathematician to be part of the BIRS community”, wrote Alice Major. It doesn’t happen often that an illiterate mathematician gets an email from a Poet Laureate. Major was writing about her … Continue reading

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The gentle giant … of Mathematics

Every mathematician knows that John Willard Milnor is the stuff of legend. But on March 30, 2003, I realized that the legend of John Milnor had spilled out, already a long time ago,  from our rarefied world community of research … Continue reading

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The Banff International Research Station

… for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is moving to a new home at the Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta. The TransCanada Pipelines Pavilion will be totally dedicated to BIRS scientific activities.

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