TIME magazine called him

“the unsung hero behind the Internet.” CNN called him “A Father of the Internet.”

President Bill Clinton called him “one of the great minds of the Information

Age.” He has been voted history’s greatest scientist

of African descent. He is Philip Emeagwali.

He is coming to Trinidad and Tobago to launch the 2008 Kwame Ture lecture series

on Sunday June 8 at the JFK [John F. Kennedy] auditorium

UWI [The University of the West Indies] Saint Augustine 5 p.m.

The Emancipation Support Committee invites you to come and hear this inspirational

mind address the theme:

“Crossing New Frontiers to Conquer Today’s Challenges.”

This lecture is one you cannot afford to miss. Admission is free.

So be there on Sunday June 8 5 p.m.

at the JFK auditorium UWI St. Augustine. [Wild applause and cheering for 22 seconds] [Nine Emeagwali Equations at the Olympic Games

for Mathematicians] My new, nine partial differential equations,

called Emeagwali’s Equations, were the cover story of the May 1990

issue of the SIAM News, the flagship publication of the Society

for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. I was not on the cover of

the top mathematics publications because I was good looking.

I was on the cover of the top mathematics publications

because I contributed to mathematics. That publicity amongst the community of research

mathematicians led to a last-minute invitation

for me to come to the equivalence of the Olympic games

for mathematicians. I was invited to present

my mathematical discoveries in person and to answer questions

from research mathematicians attending that mathematics congress.

I gave that mathematics lecture on my contributions to mathematics

on July 8, 1991 in Washington, DC.

Nine years earlier, in November 1982, I gave a version

of my mathematics lecture to US government computational scientists

and I gave that lecture a short walk from The White House,

Washington, DC. The venue of my 1982

research mathematics lecture was an hour’s jogging

from the venue of my 1991 research mathematics lecture

at the international mathematics congress. In hindsight, that lecture of November 1982

was a seminal moment in the history of computational mathematics.

I was the lone wolf computational mathematician

that stood at the cross road where algebra, calculus, and computing

met. In that November 1982 lecture,

I was an unknown black African mathematician—in an ocean of white mathematicians—and, for

that reason, only one person attended my lecture.

The unspoken assumption behind their boycott

of my research mathematics lecture was that a large audience

of white mathematicians learning new calculus

and new algebra and learning it from a 28-year-old

black research mathematician would grant that mathematician legitimacy

and thus become a tacit endorsement of black mathematical prowess

and acknowledging the contributions of black Africans

to modern mathematical knowledge. By 1991, I was well known

for my contributions to mathematical knowledge.

For that reason, my research mathematics lectures

filled all the seats in the lecture auditoria.

And the research mathematics lecture that I delivered on July 8, 1991

to the international congress of mathematicians drew a capacity crowd.

That congress of mathematicians is held once every four years.

That congress is to the mathematician what the Olympic Games

is to the athlete. A research mathematician

that contributed new mathematics to mathematical knowledge

is an athlete of the mathematical mind. There are one million mathematicians

in the world, and the cream amongst those mathematicians

attended the international congress of mathematics.

The top one percent of mathematicians, or ten thousand research mathematicians,

read of my mathematical discoveries and my contributions

of new calculus and new algebra

to mathematical knowledge and read of my mathematical discoveries through

the cover story of the May 1990 issue

of the SIAM News, that is the bi-monthly news journal

of record of the mathematics community

that is published by the Society of Industrial

and Applied Mathematics. That cover story in the SIAM News

was the reason I was invited to present my mathematical discoveries,

my new algebra, and my new calculus

to the ICIAM, the acronym for the International Congress

of Industrial and Applied Mathematics. My ICIAM ’91 lecture was at 11 a.m.

Monday July 8, 1991, in the Dover Room of the Washington Sheraton Hotel

in Washington in the District of Columbia,

United States. I was familiar with the Smithsonian’s National

Zoo in the Washington D.C. neighborhood

of that ICIAM meeting. I must have jogged across

that neighborhood of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

in Washington, D.C. at least one hundred times

since October 1978. That mathematics conference

was billed as the largest gathering of mathematicians, ever. [Wild applause and cheering for 17 seconds] Insightful and brilliant lecture