Greek Center’s Open Seminar: ‘Two Greek Giants of 20th Century Mathematics’

Dr. Anastasios Panagiotelis
Dr. Anastasios Panagiotelis

It is widely accepted that during ancient times Greeks played an important role in the development of mathematics. Although most modern day Greek mathematicians are not as famous as Pythagoras, Archimedes or Euclid, their contribution to mathematics is still considered important.

Dr. Anastasios Panagiotelis, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics at Monash University in Australia has been scheduled to give a lecture about the life and achievements of two great Greek mathematicians of the 20th century. The lecture will take place at the Greek Center, on Thursday, August 4, 2016, as part of the seminars on Greek History and Culture offered by the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria.

The first mathematician to be discussed is Constantin Caratheodory, who was born in Germany, where he spent most of his academic career. Furthermore, he was also Founding Dean of the short-lived Ionian University of Smyrna during the early 1920s.

The second is Nicholas Metropoulis, who was born in Chicago in 1915. He worked on the Manhattan Project and was instrumental in developing some of the world’s first digital computers. Mathematicians connected to their roots through math and science, which are continuous and a vital presence in Greek history and culture.

Dr. Anastasios Panagiotelis was born in Sydney and studied at Sydney University. After completing his doctorate in 2009, he was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship and carried out a postdoctoral research in the Department of Mathematics at the Technical University of Munich.

His research includes the development and application of statistical and mathematical models for problems in business and economy. Much of his research uses the Metropolis algorithm.