18 & 19 October 2013

CIRM - Luminy


Turin, Berlin, Paris… Joseph-Louis LAGRANGE a truly European mathematician!

Two hundred years after he passed away, CIRM wishes to commemorate Joseph-Louis LAGRANGE, a mathematician and astronomer who was born in 1736 in Turin and died in 1813 in Paris. Mathematicians and historians from France, Italy, Germany, England and Russia will provide an overview of the significant heritage left by LAGRANGE. Described as a ‘mathematician-philosopher ’, ‘first geometer since Newton’ or ‘brillant inventor ’, he was one of the main scientists who settled the foundations of ‘calculus of variations ’, a branch of mathematics with many applications in analytical mechanics and physics, especially through the ‘principle of least action ’.


Tentative program

  Friday, 18
  • 12h30-14h30 lunch
  • 14h30-15h30 Olivier Darrigol
    Lagrange's researches on the nature and propagation of sound
  • 15h30-16h30 Jean-Claude Saut
    Lagrange and water waves
  • 16h30-17h00 coffee break
  • 17h00-18h00 Clara-Silvia Roero
    Lagrange and Turin
  • 18h00-19h00 Gerhard Wanner
    On the discovery of Lagrange multipliers
  • 19h30-20h30 dinner
  • 20h30-22h30 social activity (TBA)

  Saturday, 19
  • 09h00-10h00 Volker Mehrmann
    Extended Lagrange spaces and optimal control
  • 10h00-10h30 coffee break
  • 10h30-11h30 Norbert Verdier
    When He was one hundred Years old!
  • 11h30-12h30 Emmanuel Trélat
    On the space highway to Lagrange points!
  • 12h30-14h30 lunch
  • 14h30-15h30 Bruno Després
    Mathematical and numerical aspects of Lagrangian fluid mechanics
  • 15h30-16h00 coffee break
  • 16h00-17h00 Dmitri Treschev
    Billiard and rigid rotation

The lectures by Norbert Verdier and Emmanuel Trélat will be intended for a wide audience.

Please fill the form on this page (CIRM - Centre International de Rencontres Mathématiques Marseille - Luminy -


Sylvie Benzoni-Gavage, Guillaume Jouve.

Scientific advisors

Pierre Crépel, Christian Gilain, Guillaume Jouve, Eberhard Knobloch, Marta Sanz-Solé, Armen Sergeev.