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Sir Michael Atiyah Interview

Sir Michael Atiyah, celebrated mathematician and Retired and Honorary Professor of Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh, visited the Simons Center for two months in the Fall of 2011. During that visit the Center arranged a conversation between Sir Michael, Nigel Hitchin, Savilian Professor of Geometry at Oxford University, Robion Kirby, Professor of Mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley, and John Morgan Director of the Simons Center. In this conversation Sir Michael responds to questions which lead him to reflect on his life in mathematics and to expound on his view of mathematics, and in particular his view of the relationship of mathematics and physics.

The conversation was taped in a studio on the campus of Stony Brook University and took place on November 7, 2011.