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19 Jan 2014 - 31 Jan 2014

Lecture by Eliyahu Rips and Adam Hradílek

World-known Israelian mathematician Eliyahu Rips and Czech historician Adam Hradílek will give their thoughts on remembering the anniversary of Jan Palach setting himself on fire. This event will be held in Jerusalem's Cinemateque. Partners: Cinemateque Jerusalem, Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes

Czech Centre Tel Aviv in cooperation with Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes in Prague and Cinemateque in Jerusalem prepared a unique event to commemorate the anniversary of burning a Czech student Jan Palach in 1969 during the Soviet occupation. We have invited two guests - Czech historician Adam Hradílek and Israelian mathematician Eliyahu Rips - to discuss this topic.

Partners: Cinemateque Jerusalem, Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes

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Adam Hradílek

Adam Hradílek heads the oral history group at the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes in Prague. He assumed his current position in 2008, after his stay at Columbia University as a Fulbright visiting scholar. In 2010 he edited a monograph "For your Freedom and Ours", a collection of memoirs and essays on protests against the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia. His current project is dedicated to Czechoslovak prisoners in Soviet labor camps. Since 2011 he works for the Czech project of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. 


Eliyahu Rips


Eliyahu Rips, also Ilya Rips is a Latvian-born Israeli mathematician known for his research in geometric group theory. He became known to the general public following his coauthoring a paper on what is popularly known as Bible code, the supposed coded messaging in the Hebrew text of theTorah.

Rips grew up in Latvia (then part of Soviet Union). On 9 April 1969, Rips, as a graduate student at the University of Latvia, attempted self-immolation in a protest against the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. After that, he was incarcerated by the Soviet government for two years but, under pressure from Western mathematicians, was allowed to emigrate to Israel in 1972.

After recovering from his wounds and finishing his Ph.D., Rips joined the Department of Mathematics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 1975, he completed his PhD in mathematics at Hebrew University. His topic was the dimensional sub-group problem. His dissertation was recognized as being of international interest and he was awarded with the prestigious Aharon Karzir Prize. In 1979, Rips received the Erdős Prize from the Israel Mathematical Society, and was a sectional speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 1994.


The Bible Code controversy


In the late seventies, Rips began looking with the help of a computer for codes in the Torah. In 1994, Rips, together with Doron Witztum and Yoav Rosenberg, published a seminal article in the journal Statistical Science, "Equidistant Letter Sequences in the Book of Genesis", which claimed the discovery of encoded messages in the Hebrew text of Genesis. This, in turn, was the inspiration for the book The Bible Code by journalist Michael Drosnin. While Rips originally claimed that he agreed with Drosnin's findings, he later distanced himself from his interpretations. Since Drosnin's book, Bible codes have been a subject of controversy, with the claims being criticized by Brendan McKay and others.

Cinematheque Jerusalem

From: 19 Jan 2014
To: 31 Jan 2014


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