We are happy to welcome you to Budapest Semesters in Mathematics.
On the following pages you find a lot of useful information, including the schedule of the coming days. Please study this
You are cordially invited to our
held in our school building,
on September 5th (Friday) 3 PM
street address: Bethlen Gábor tér 2, Room 102 (LOOK FOR
and to the
at 4:00 PM, Room 111
Please note that your participation on the orientation session is very important
Courses will start in the same building on February
10 (Monday) morning. The schedule of classes will be distributed
later, via the Internet the first week of September and printed version on or just before the orientation session.
September 5 (Fr) 3:00 PM
Orientation session, Room 102, Bethlen Gábor tér 2.
September 5 (Fr) 4:00 PM Welcome Party, Room 111, Bethlen Gábor tér 2.
September 8 (Mo) 10:15 AM classes begin, 2nd floor, Bethlen Gábor tér 2.
Budapest Semesters in Mathematics
This semester initially we offer 22 core math courses, (further may be offered upon request) a history course, Hungarian language courses (one elementary and several intermediate levels), a course on Hungarian culture, and two other non-math courses, a sciencer history and a philisophy course. At this moment, there are four intermediate Hungarian language courses in the offer (with different emphasis) but most probably -- depending on the number of students -- there will be 2 or 3 finally given. Please consult the syllabi to choose the right one for your self, we'll discuss the details on the orientation session.
We also mention here that there are courses given by the Budapest branch of the McDaniel College (earlier known as Western Maryland College) which you may wish to attend (without credit). These courses are held in the same building where we have the BSM classes but we can not take care of the scheduling conflicts --- you will be able to audit these courses only if you do not have a BSM course at the same time. Again, usually these courses do not come with a BSM credit. In case you wish to attend any of them please contact Klára or Dezsõ Miklós, the Hungarian director of the program.
Most of the math courses are of introductory character with prerequisites not going beyond calculus or linear algebra, but some of them (ALG2, COM2, FUN, GRT, DIG, GEO and RFM) are somewhat more challenging and may require some experience in the field. Use the course outlines on the following pages to choose your favorites.
The courses will be scheduled later partly based upon your preregistration. If you wish to take any further math courses/topics, let us know that on the preregistration form and we will try to do our best to help you.
We plan a series of Colloquium Lectures on various branches of mathematics
held by outstanding Hungarian mathematicians and some other related activities.
Watch for announcements. These events are (almost) always scheduled
The semester starts with a trial period of three weeks (September 8-26), when you can sit in as many classes as you wish. After this you must register for the courses you really want to study.
Any of the courses
ALG1, ANT, CLX, COM1, NUM1, SET, C&P, PRO
will be cancelled after the trial period, if the number of registered students in the corresponding class fall below 6. On the other hand, if the classes Number theory 1 or Combinatorics 1 will have their total student number much above 15 we might split them in two, in both cases the classes having the same or very similar syllabi, but one with a little bit faster space.
(Please, realize your responsibility: dropping a class of 6 at a later time would cause serious difficulties for the remaining five students.)
The other courses may continue to work with 2--5 students in the form of a READING CLASS, where instructors meet students for 1--2 hours per week, and the major part of the material must be studied on an individual basis.
The elective courses -- other than the standard ones above -- can also
be inserted in the program depending on students' demand. These additional
courses may operate on ordinary or on reading basis.
List of courses and instructors
Introduction to Abstract Algebra Dr. László
ALG2 Advanced Abstract Algebra Dr. Péter HERMANN
ANT Topics in Analysis Dr. András STIPSICZ
BAG Basic Algebraic Geometry Dr. Tamás SZAMUELY
CLX Complex Functions Dr. Károly BÖRÖCZKY
COM1A Combinatorics 1 Dr. Dezsõ MIKLÓS
COM1B Combinatorics 1 Dr. Attila SALI
COM2 Combinatorics 2 Dr. Ervin GYÕRI
C&P Conjecture and Proof Dr. György ELEKES
DEQ Ordinary Differential Equations Dr. Péter SIMON
DIG Differential Geometry Dr. Balázs CSIKÓS
FUN Functional Analysis Dr. Gábor ELEK
GAL Galois Theory Dr. Csaba SZABÓ
GEO Topics in Geometry Dr. Gábor MOUSSONG
GRT Graph Theory Dr. Miklós RUSZINKÓ
LOG Mathematical Logic Dr. Péter KOMJÁTH
NUT1 Number Theory 1 Dr. Csaba SZABÓ
NUT2 Topics in Number Theory Dr. Antal BALOG
PRO Probability Theory Dr. Tamás SZABADOS
RFM Real Functions and Measures Dr. Tamás KELETI
SET Set Theory Dr. Miklós ERDÉLYI SZABÓ
THC Theory of Computing Dr. Gyula Y. KATONA
TOP Introduction to Topology Dr. László FEHÉR
The Making of Modern Central Europe
Dr. Andrea PETÕ
HUN1 Beginner Hungarian Language Ádám SZEKFÛ
HUN2A Intermediate Hungarian Language Ádám SZEKFÛ
HUN2B Intermediate Hungarian Language Dr. Erika FALLIER
HUN2C Intermediate Hungarian Language Dr. Erika FALLIER
HUN2D Intermediate Hungarian Language Ádám SZEKFÛ
HUC Hungarian Art and Culture Dr. Márta SIKLÓS
HAM Historical Aspects of Mathematics Dr.András RINGLER
PHIL Old World and New World Political Philosophy Dr. János SALAMON