First Spinoff of African Math Institute Takes Root in Senegal

Martin is a contributing news editor and writer based in Amsterdam

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.

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