Galois meets newton: algebraic and geometric aspects of singularity theory

Who meets whom, where and why?

Recently a number of spectacular results was achieved on the cross-roads between Algebraic and Arithmetic Geometry, Convex Polyhedra (Newton-Okounkov bodies), Logic (especially the Model Theory), Singularity Theory, Differential Equations and various flavors of the Galois theory. Prof. Askold KhovanskiiThe Common Denominator for these apparently distant areas has a personal name known to everybody: the research of Askold Khovanskii (Аскольд Георгиевич Хованский in Russian) spans across these areas.

Incidentally or not, on June 3, 2017 Askold will turn 70. It was a challenge to find a title for the conference that would cover such a broad selection of areas, so we decide to call it a meeting spot. The goal of the conference is to bring together people who otherwise won't routinely meet. 

Who is Askold Khovanskii?

If a theorem has only one proof,—then probably this theorem is not
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Askold Khovanskii

Coat of arms of the Khovanskii clanAskold Khovanskii of the University of Toronto and the Independent University of Moscow  graduated from the Moscow State (Lomonosov) University in 1973 with a Soviet equivalent of Ph. D., in which he essentially created the topological Galois theory under the stewardship of Vladimir Arnold. In his Habilitation thesis (1988) he laid down foundations of what is today called the Fewnomials theory, a far-reaching generalization of the idea of the Newton diagram of an algebraic function, but goes well beyond the algebraic geometry.

Since then he worked on uncountably many subjects, from Mathematical Economics to Geometry of Convex Polytopes, from Abelian Integrals to Model Theory, his achievements were recognized by many prizes and festive events. Since 1996 he is affiliated with the University of Toronto, where he took upon himself resurrection of the Geometry study program launched by the great H. S. M. Coxeter.

Askold's connections with the Weizmann Institute have a long history: besides multiple visits, he was a postdoc and sabbatical host for several current WIS faculty members and maintains active cooperation with the WIS mathematicians.

And yes, the famous opera "Khovanshchina" is about Askold's ancestors' rebellious deeds.

  • Registration Deadline
  • For Speakers and Students:
    May 16, 2017
  • For Other Participants:
    June 16, 2017

Program Committee

  • Dominique Cerveau
    Université Rennes-1
  • Igor Dolgachev
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Andrei Gabrielov
    Purdue University
  • Ilia Itenberg
    Institut Mathématique de Jussieu
  • Michael F. Singer
    University of North Carolina, Raleigh
  • Alex Wilkie
    Manchester University
  • Yosef Yomdin
    Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Sergei Yakovenko
    Weizmann Institute of Science

Organizing Committee

  • Gal Binyamini
    Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Dmitry Novikov
    Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Sergei Yakovenko
    Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Vladlen Timorin
    Higher School of Economics
  • Valentina Kiritchenko
    Higher School of Economics


  • The Chorafas Institute for Scientific Exchange
  • משרד המדע הטכנולוגיה והחלל, Ministry of Science, Technology and Space
  • Higher School of Economics, National Research Uniiversity