In September 2012, Dr. Tomasz Mrowka and Gigliola Staffani discussed The Grand Geometry of Nature and the critical role of mathematics in explaining nature on the SftPublic’s Contemporary Science program. Professor Mrowka explained the various fields of modern mathematics and the historical development of new areas of mathematics as new concepts emerged: for example, Einstein’s relativity theory required a special mathematics; the same was true for quantum mechanics and now string theory also. Dr. Mrowka demonstrated how mathematics is everywhere in Nature.
Tomasz Mrowka, PhD is Singer Professor of Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he chairs the Pure Mathematics committee. Professor Mrowka’s research focus is in differential geometry and gauge theory, both essential in areas of physics such as Einstein’s relativity theories. He has received numerous prestigious fellowships and awards, among them the Veblen Prize in Geometry and the Joseph Doob Prize (both shared with Peter Kronheimer). Professor Mrowka is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
Dr. Mrowka received his Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley. Before joining the MIT mathematics department, he was a faculty member at both Stanford University and CalTech.