John Baez

Topos Institute Colloquium

March 25, 2021

Mathematics in the 21st Century

The climate crisis is part of a bigger transformation in which humanity realizes that the Earth is a finite system and that no physical quantity can grow exponentially forever. This transformation may affect mathematics — and be affected by it — just as dramatically as the agricultural and industrial revolutions did. After a review of the problems, we discuss how mathematicians can help make this transformation a bit easier, and some ways in which mathematics may change.
You can see my slides: links in reddish brown in these slides lead to more information. You can also watch a video of my talk:

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