“How I became interested in foundations of mathematics” by Professor Vladimir Voevodsky, Fields Medalist, 2002 at the 9th Asian Science Camp 2015 , Thailand Science Park Convention Center, Pathumthani, Thailand. Tuesday 5th August 2015.

In my first years at the University I was interested only in mathematics where new exciting and fashionable things were happening. At that time it was algebraic topology and algebraic geometry. We had classes in the history and foundations of mathematics but I found them boring and irrelevant for my future.

Today I am working full time on the Univalent Foundations of mathematics – new foundations of mathematics which I and my colleagues are developing. In my lecture I will tell how I started to work on the Univalent Foundations and why I believe that this is the most important thing happening in mathematics today.


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