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Grothendieck Seminar

(The first announcement)

Tehran, Iran
October 25, 2016






athematics of the 20th century has witnessed many outstanding figures, groundbreaking ideas, profound abstractions and major developments. It is impossible to decide who has had the most important influence. But if fertility of works is a decisive criterion, then a name stands out in any list of prominent mathematicians the 20th century: Alexander Grothendieck.


Grothendieck's contributions to mathematics are so profound that for some branches of mathematics it makes sense to speak of two eras: ‘before Gorthendieck' and ‘after Grothendieck'. The ‘before Grothendieck' era usually amounts to ‘nothingness' or ‘old stuff', whereas the ‘after Grothendieck' era always involves ‘creation', ‘novelty' and breathtaking progress. His ideas and works permeate mathematics and still inspire mathematicians. Mathematical community has been privileged to have such an inspiring mind, creating ‘new worlds'. But mathematics is not the only ground in which Grothendieck left a venerable heritage. Arguably, his noble professional ethics have transcended moral standards of scientific activities, particularly among mathematicians. Both of his mathematical and ecological activities have led to great achievements or impacts that deserve to be acknowledged as a bright part of our collective memory.


The Iranian mathematical community, young in the historical scale, has many things to learn from the life and career of Alexander Grothendieck. In this regard, it is our pleasure to announce the Grothendieck Seminar which will be held at the University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran. The goal of the seminar is to promote different facets of Grothendieck's life and heritage.


The organization is still in progress. Thus, please do not hesitate to contact the organizers at or if you have any queries about attending or participating in the seminar.

Organizing Committee:

Hamid Pezeshk (University of Tehran)

Siamak Yassemi (University of Tehran)

Rahim Zaare-Nahandi (University of Tehran)


Invited Speakers:

Pierre Emile Cartier,

Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques


Hasan Haghighi,

K. N. Toosi University of Technology


Ali Kamalinejad,

Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences


François Loeser
Université Pierre et Marie Curie

Shahab Rajabi,

University of Tehran


Mehrdad Shahshahani,

Sharif University of Technology



University of Tehran

Le Service de Coopération et d'Action Culturelle (SCAC), Ambassade de France à Téhéran


Special Sessions:

Presenting and screening the film L'espace d'un homme by Hervé Nisic, a portrait of Alexander Grothendieck

A question-and-answer session with Pierre Emile Cartier


You can find the program by clicking here


Poster of Grothendieck Seminar

Poster of the film