Dear Professor Yetis,

Our understanding is that the present mission of the Feza Gursey

Institute will end on Friday July 15, and it will henceforth be

subordinate to an applied program under new leadership. We are writing

to strongly urge you to delay and reconsider your decision. The

time-scale is so precipitous that only a small number of us are part

of the immediate reaction, but the disappointment and dismay will be

more extensive.

Pakistan produced Abdus Salam who was admired and recognised

throughout all the world, but his main legacy is in Trieste, not in

Pakistan. India revamped its educational system so that they would

never again miss a Ramanujan. The African Institute of Mathematical

Sciences aspires to find Africa’s Einstein. But in Istanbul, you are

about to send a message to your young scientists that “if you love

mathematics and physics for their own sake, if you want to be a modern

Clerk Maxwell, get over it, or go somewhere else and do not come

back”. We mention Maxwell because his value to modern technology, not

to mention the standing of British science, is beyond calculation.

Feza Gursey is one of the great sons of Turkey. His international

awards are listed at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feza_Gursey and his

students hold academic posts all over the academic world. It would be

a waste of his existence not to capitalise on his spirit of enquiry as

an example for young scientists in your nation. Under your current

plan the Institute in the form of its international contacts with

scientific and professional societies throughout the rest of the

world, its program of Summer schools and workshops, the enthusiam and

contributions of its volunteers, is to disappear on July 15 — so

quickly done, but so very hard to bring back, especially for as long

as mathematicians and theoretical physicists in the rest of the world

remember that this is how the scientific legacy of Feza Gursey ended

in his own nation.

As one small illustration of a significant impact that this decision

will have immediately, we note that The Bernoulli Society of

Mathematical Statistics and Probability agreed a few weeks ago to

sponsor the 2012 summer school as a satellite to its World Congress in

Istanbul http://www.worldcong2012.org/. This included a pledge of

monetary funds to help support attendance by young scientists. A flier has

already been printed by the Bernoulli Society and is on its way to distribution

to advertise the summer school as a satellite to the world congress. Naturally,

the circumstances of the cancellation will have to be announced on a global scale as well.

Given the impact that your decisions have on a much larger spatial

scale, we hope that it is not too late for thoughtful reconsideration.

Yours sincerely

**Abdelmalek Abdesselam**, Department of Mathematics, University of Virginia

**Anton Bovier**, Chair of Probability and Mathematical Statistics,

Director of Bonn International Graduate School of Mathematics, University of Bonn

**David Brydges**, Canada Research Chair, Mathematics Department,

University of British Columbia, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

**Philippe Di Francesco**, Research Director,

Institut de Physique Theorique du Commissariat a l’Energie Atomique, Saclay.

**Francois Dunlop**, University of Cergy-Pontoise

**Bertrand Duplantier**, Research Director,

Institut de Physique Theorique du Commissariat a l’Energie Atomique, Saclay.

**Roberto Fernandez**, Chair Professor in Probability and Statistics, Utrecht University

**Geoffrey Grimmett**, Professor of Mathematical Statistics, Cambridge University

**Takashi Hara**, Faculty of Mathematics, Kyushu University

**Cristoph Kopper**, Professor of Theoretical Physics,

Vice President of the Physics Department,

Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau

**Jacques Magnen**, Research Director, Centre de Physique Theorique, Ecole

Polytechnique and CNRS (UMR 7644)

**Victor Perez-Abreu**, Center for Research in Mathematics, Guanajuato,

Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, President of the

Bernoulli Society of Mathematical Statistics and Probability

**Vincent Rivasseau**, Chair, Mathematical Physics, Paris-Sud University,

Chief Editor, Annales Henri Poincare,

President, AIMS-Senegal (African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Senegal

**Roland Seneor**, Research Director, Centre de Physique Théorique, Ecole Polytechnique

**Gordon Slade**, Professor and Associate Head for Research, Mathematics Department,

University of British Columbia, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

**Herbert Spohn**, Dep. of Mathematics, Technical University Munich,

chair IUPAP commission, C18 Mathematical Physics.

**Edward C Waymire**, Oregon State University, Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics,

President-Elect of the Bernoulli Society of Mathematical Statistics and Probability