6th HLF – Interviews with young researchers: Tamás Görbe


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6th HLF – Interviews with young researchers: Tamás Görbe
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Görbe, Tamás
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Young researchers at the 6th HLF sit down with Tom Geller, Tom Geller Productions, to discuss their career, mentoring and their experience at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF). The opinions expressed in this video do not necessarily reflect the views of the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation or any other person or associated institution involved in the making and distribution of the video. Background: The Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (HLFF) annually organizes the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), which is a networking event for mathematicians and computer scientists from all over the world. The HLFF was established and is funded by the German foundation the Klaus Tschira Stiftung (KTS), which promotes natural sciences, mathematics and computer science. The HLF is strongly supported by the award-granting institutions, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM: ACM A.M. Turing Award, ACM Prize in Computing), the International Mathematical Union (IMU: Fields Medal, Nevanlinna Prize), and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (DNVA: Abel Prize). The Scientific Partners of the HLFF are the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) and Heidelberg University.

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so what is your name my name is Tiger
man and what is your field of study my field of study is mathematical physics and within that integrable systems and how did you come to apply for the HRA okay so I met someone who attended a previous HLF and they told me to apply because it's great fun and so I did apply and got selected so and how has it been for you yeah it's been a really good experience seeing these scientific heroes of mine and getting know getting to know them is is really it's fantastic really and also meeting the young researchers it's really good to see these different stories and like the ways they came to be here it's really fantastic yeah so you mentioned your heroes who were the heroes that you especially wanted to meet here yeah okay so there were a couple of them starting with of course Michael attea he's a is I think one of the greatest mathematicians of our time and also it was great to meet Martin Hellman and a couple of other people like the younger ones especially so yes did you gain any unusual insights did you to do did they surprise you in any way I guess yes there were a couple of surprises so especially okay so one other person was Bill Phillips the the physicist so I got my PhD in physics and it was really interesting to just to meet this Nobel laureate and see him and hear him think about physics and ask this very basic and simple questions which I which I did not think of and so far and to see him the way he thinks his thought process process was really interesting and yeah it's it gave me a perspective on these things now you mentioned lis of the other young researchers tell me about that experience interacting with them so meeting the young researchers was especially fun because I could see these different stories so at each stages both of them I mean undergraduates PhD students and postdocs you could find that they they they already have some of them they already have pretty strong ideas and and like concrete plans what to do and that was nice and also it was nice to see these other activities they might have so related to the research like hobbies but which are not really hobbies it's bit of a mathematics mixed in or computer science mixed in yeah it's really inspiring to see all these all these different people I remember before the event the HLF published a little interview with you and you have this interest in string art yes that's right so it was yeah exactly the thing which interests me in other people as
well so for me it it was a way of visualizing a certain abstract mathematical concept for people who are non mathematicians trying to make them to have them this this easier way to it so they can appreciate it or at least understand it when I say something is beautiful so I don't know if I should tell more about these things or yes okay so these are basically some higher dimensional objects and they're quite abstract of course seeing something which is for example a dimensional is impossible and you can't visualize them but basically I made these two the projection the shadow of them which are very symmetric and so I made them using needles and colorful threads like strings and this way when people look at it they can immediately see their beauty even though they might not understand the mathematics behind them so that was a basic idea I did see the pictures they are beautiful okay do you think that this experience will change the way that you think about your own work or do your own work well it might change it in certain ways so basically this so asking these basic questions which I which I mentioned sometimes you get so involved or sort of so blindsided by your own work sort of you you go in to Y in one direction and dig D but forget about the sort of those questions with which you have when you are younger and meeting some other
people who were very well established and seeing that they or or seeing that they are still asking these basic questions questioning everything really to the point where you can actually start building something new is yeah it's it it's actually changed quite some some mindsets I had so so it surprised you that the the advanced laureates are still asking basic questions yes you often hear this cliche that you should be stay stay stay a child or sort
of keep this childish behavior of questioning everything and asking this simple question some they call it simple questions they might not be very simple just basic maybe and yes it was it now I see maybe for the first time how this works in had had this would lead to something new maybe these kinds of myself that sort of is similar to something that other researchers like yourself have said that they were surprised at kind of how human the the laureates worth did you have that experience yes definitely so when you study in school this their result they you don't see the human side and so to see their struggles to hear about their stories what they had to go through from these starting from these different backgrounds that's really inspiring so it gives you a perspective it gives you sort of a a way to appreciate what you have and because compared to some people some low rates I'm already like at a better staying stage that they win when they were my age so yeah it's definitely makes you think and appreciate your current
situation is there anything else you'd like to have well to anyone who watches this interview I would especially young people I would encourage them to apply to HLF because it's it's a it's a it's a fantastic program they will experience things which they might be able to build on and would never forget for their entire lives I'm certain of that thank you very much for taking the time thank you very much for asking [Music]


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