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Theoretical physics at the IHÉS. Some retrospective remarks

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Theoretical physics at the IHÉS. Some retrospective remarks INSTITUT DES HAUTES ÉTUDES SCIENTIFIQUES ARTHUR S.WIGHTMAN Theoretical physics at the IHÉS. Some retrospective remarks Les relations entre les mathématiques et la physique théorique : Festschrift for the 40th anniversary of the IHÉS. Institut des hautes études scientifiques (1998), p. 191-194. <> © Institut des hautes études scientifiques, 1998, tous droits réservés. L’accès aux archives des publications de l’I.H.É.S. ( Publications.html) implique l’accord avec les conditions générales d’utilisation (http://www. Toute utilisation commerciale ou impression systématique est consti- tutive d’une infraction pénale. Toute copie ou impression de ce fichier doit conte- nir la présente mention de copyright. Article numérisé dans le cadre du programme Numérisation de documents anciens mathématiques THEORETICAL PHYSICS AT THE IHÉS. SOME RETROSPECTIVE REMARKS by ARTHUR S. WIGHTMAN In March of 1959, mathematics was firmly established at the IHÉS by the appointment of Jean Dieudonné and Alexander Grothendieck as professors. Their seminars attracted mathematicians from abroad as well as from the region of Paris. In physics, things developed more slowly; no permanent appointments were made in 1959. However, Res Jost, Léon van Hove, Murray Gell’-Mann and Louis Michel were named invité permanent. The first visiting member appears to have been Eduardo Caianiello in April 1959. As far as 1 know the next two visitors were Gunnar Kâllén and 1 in May and June of 1960. At the time the Institute was still located in the Fondation Thiers at Rond Point Bugeaud on the right bank of the Seine. The practical arrangements were these. The Dieudonné and Grothendieck seminars, separated by tea, took place on Wednesday afternoons in an auditorium of the main building, where the Director of the IHÉS, Léon

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