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 February 7th (Friday) 3 PM
street address: Bethlen Gábor tér 2, Room 102 (LOOK FOR THE SIGNS)
(Please note that your participation on the orientation session is very important)
and to the
at 4:00 PM, Room 111
Courses will start in the same building on February
10 (Monday) morning. The schedule of classes will be distributed
February 7 (Fr) & 3:00
PM & Orientation session, Room 102, Bethlen Gábor tér
February 7 (Fr) & 4:00 PM & Welcome Party, Room 111, Bethlen G\'abor t\'er 2.\cr \vskip .5cm \+
February 10 (Mo) & 10:15 AM & classes begin, 2nd floor, Bethlen Gábor tér 2.
Budapest Semesters in Mathematics
This semester initially we offer 19 core math courses, (further may be offered upon request) a history course, Hungarian language courses (at several different levels), a course on Hungarian culture, and two other non-math course upon request. Please note that introductory Abstract Algebra, AL1 is added to the original list communicated by e-mail due to multiple request of the students. Let me repeat as well, that other courses (like Algebraic Topology), upon multiple request, may be introduce later. At this moment, there are two intermediate Hungarian language courses offered (with different emphasis). Please consult the syllabi to choose the right one for your self.
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, Zsuzsa 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 (AAL, CO2,
FUN, GTT, 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
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 event are always scheduled Thursdays
The semester starts with a trial period of three weeks (February 10-28), 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
AL1, ANT, CLX, CO1, NU1, SET, C&P, PRO
will be cancelled after the trial period, if the number of registered students in the corresponding class fall below 6 (in case of AL1 having 5 or less students it will be continued in some form since some of you need that credit due to graduation requirements). 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 syllabus, 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 three 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
Dr. László HÉTHELYI
AAL Advanced Algebra Dr. Péter HERMANN
ALG Basic Algebraic Geometry Dr. Tamás SZAMUELY
ALT Algebraic Topology Dr. Károly BÖRÖCZKY
ANT Topics in Analysis Dr. András STIPSICZ
CLX Complex Analysis Dr. Dénes PETZ
CO1 Combinatorics 1 Dr. Dezsõ MIKLÓS
CO2 Combinatorics 2 Dr. András GYÁRFÁS
C&P Conjecture and Proof Dr. Zoltán FÜREDI
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
GTT Graph Theory Dr. Ervin GYÕRI
NU1 Number Theory 1 Dr. Csaba SZABÓ
NUT Topics in Number Theory Dr. Antal BALOG
PRO Probability Theory Dr. Tamás SZABADOS
RFM Real Functions and Measures Dr. Péter SIMON
SET Set Theory Dr. Miklós ERDÉLYI SZABÓ
THC Theory of Computing Dr. Attila SALI
TOP Introduction to Topology Dr. László FEHÉR
The Making of Modern Central Europe
Dr. Andrea PETÕ
HL1 Beginner Hungarian Language András SZEKFÛ
HL2A Intermediate Hungarian Language András SZEKFÛ
HL2B Intermediate Hungarian Language Dr. Erika FALLIER
HL3 Hungarian language - individualised studies Dr. Erika FALLIER
HUC Hungarian Art and Culture Dr. Márta SIKLÓS
HAM Historical Aspects of Mathematics Dr.András RINGLER
OPH Old World and New World Political Philosophy Dr. János SALAMON