The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences Senegal is the little sister of AIMS South Africa—a similar institute founded in 2003 just outside Cape Town—and part of a story that has captivated mathematicians and triggered an outpouring of support in money, time, and brainpower. The institutes are the brainchild of Neil Turok, a South African-born mathematician who heads the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Canada. At first the dream proved harder to realize than Turok hoped. But the past 2 years have brought a "transformation," Turok says.
First Spinoff of African Math Institute Takes Root in Senegal
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