CEU's Department of Mathematics and its Applications and the Renyi Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences co-hosted the Laszlo Fejes Toth Centennial Conference June 22-26 with 115 participants from 40 countries. Noted speakers included Abel Prize laureate Endre Szemeredi, Wolf Prize laureate Laszlo Lovasz and Rotschild Prize laureate Gil Kalai. CEU Pro-Rector Laszlo Kontler and Renyi Institute Director Peter Pal Palfy opened the conference in the presence of Hungarian Academy of Sciences President Laszlo Lovasz in the CEU Auditorium June 22. The lectures were accompanied by lively discussions among colleagues and PhD students.
Laszlo Fejes Toth (1915-2005) was a towering figure in mathematics. A whole subject in mathematics, today called discrete geometry, grew out of his and Paul Erdos' work in the middle of the 20th century. His ideas and problems are still influential. He was also the director of the Renyi Institute from 1970 to 1982.