Quebec Mathematical Sciences Colloquium

September 29, 2017 from 16:00 to 18:00 (Montreal/EST time) On location

The first field

Colloquium presented by John H. Conway (Princeton University)

The “first field” is obtained by making the entries in its addition and multiplication tables be the smallest possibilities. It is really an interesting field that contains the integers, but with new addition and multiplication tables. For example, 2 x 2 = 3, 5 x 7 = 13, ... It extends to the infinite ordinals and the first infinite ordinal is the cube root of 2!


UdeM, Pavillon André-­Aisenstadt, room 1140