Mathematics News

Karen Uhlenbeck is the first woman to be awarded the Abel Prize, which is generally regarded as the ‘Nobel prize’ for mathematics. Professor Uhlenbeck received the Abel Prize for her work on "minimal surfaces" such as soap bubbles.


Austin 
For the first time ever, a woman has won the Abel Prize, one of the most prestigious international mathematics awards. In fact, there is no Nobel Prize for math, and the Abel Prize is seen by some as the equivalent of the Nobel.


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Washington 
Nine scientists were recognized Wednesday with a "Breakthrough Prize," a $3 million Silicon Valleyfunded award meant to confer Oscarsstyle glamour and prestige on the basic sciences.


Toronto 
A movement called #movethedial has been established, with the aim of advancing the participation and leadership of all women in tech. The organization is now accepting applications from youth (ages 14 – 24) with a passion for STEM subjects.


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Rio De Janeiro 
A Kurdish refugee whose top mathematics prize was stolen minutes after he received the honor this week in Rio de Janeiro will get a replacement medal Saturday, organizers said.


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Rio De Janeiro 
Kurdish refugee turned Cambridge University math professor Caucher Birkar was among four winners Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro of the prestigious Fields prize, dubbed the Nobel for mathematics, but had his gold medal stolen minutes later.


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Rio De Janeiro 
Caucher Birkar, a Cambridge University professor of Iranian Kurdish origin, on Wednesday was named one of four winners of the prestigious Fields medal, often known as the Nobel prize for mathematics.


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Bucharest 
The teenage son of Syrian president Bashar alAssad is competing in the International Mathematical Olympiad in Romania, where he has asked to be treated like any normal student, an education official said Tuesday.


Toronto 
STEM fields in Canada are dominated by men — with 20 per cent fewer women venturing into such careers. How can this imbalance be addressed? Mayrose Salvador, founder of Pueblo Science, has some answers.


Despite government campaigns women remain underrepresented in science and technology. Despite what an infamous exGoogle employee wrote, this is nothing innate. The low levels reflect institutional and societal biases.


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Tehran 
Iranian media have hailed trailblazing Iranborn mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani following her death from cancer, with her image blazoned across newspaper front pages on Sunday.


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Washington 
Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranianborn mathematician who was the first woman to win the coveted Fields Medal, died Saturday in a US hospital after a battle with cancer. She was 40.


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Marseille 
Nearly 18,000 pages of notes by eccentric French maths genius Alexandre Grothendieck were posted online Wednesday by his alma mater, Montpellier University in southern France.


Understanding how biological systems interact, including how the body responds to disease, is highly complex. To help biomedical scientists to understand the complexity two mathematicians have introduced a new model.

If you are good at math, you may be able to prove it to the world and reap the rewards of a whole lot of pizza on March 14.


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Washington 
The world population may grow larger than previously estimated, reaching 11 billion people by century's end, according to a UNled analysis published Thursday.


Manjul Bhargava, one of four winners of the prestigious Fields Medal announced at the International Mathematical Union (IMU) Congress in Seoul, is a concertlevel musician and studied Sanskrit, which provide him with inspiration to pursue Mathematics.


Sydney 
No, the answer isn’t 42. It’s minus 1/12. A bit of interesting math has just proven that every bit of arithmetic ever done can be wrong, if you know how to find it wrong.
It’s all in how you look at it. 1+1 doesn’t necessarily equal 2.


Mukhtarbay Otelbayev, a Kazakh mathematician from the Eurasian National University in Astana, Kazakhstan, is claiming to have solved a math problem worth one million dollars. The claims are hard to evaluate because the problem wasn't written in English.


Nemeth Code is the code for mathematics and scientific notation in North America. It's regularly taught as a form of Braille study, bringing new independence into student's lives. The creator of this lifechanging code died today.

Considering they read for fun, it comes as no surprise that most booklovers have improved literacy rates, as reading gives them an avenue to improve their vocabulary. What could be surprising is that the hobby is also linked to enhanced maths ability.

Sheffield 
It’s an annual problem as seasonal as Jingle Bells – spend ages decorating the Christmas tree, stand back to admire it then find garlands hanging forlornly and Christmas tree lights, dense on one side and sparse on the other. Now a solution exists.


England's state schools are failing to meet the needs of the most able children, according to research commissioned by the Sutton Trust. The research ranks England 26th out of 34 Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries.


Heidelberg 
According to an article in New Scientist magazine, physicists have developed a mathematical model which shows how tumours evolve.


Limerick 
Irish mathematicians have been researching the way beer bubbles form and have come up with what they think is the perfect formula for a creamy head of stout.


On Tuesday millions of children from around the world played online arithmetic games to raise money for UNICEF and to get their name on the prestigious ‘Hall of Fame’ honour board.


The mathematician best known for his work with fractals, Benoit Mandelbrot, has died at the age of 85. He was suffering from cancer.


A team of researchers has finally cracked all the combinations possible to solve a Rubik’s Cube and shown that they all can be done in 20 moves or less  'God's Number' , according to mathematical results which are now available online.


A Russian who is said to be the smartest man in the world has turned down a $1 million prize for solving one of the most difficult problems in mathematics.


While everyone’s bemoaning the loss of mathematical skills, China’s March Tian Boedihardjo hasn’t been waiting for puberty to arrive. He started at Hong Kong Baptist University yesterday.

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Mathematician Karen Uhlenbeck has become the first woman to win the Abel prize, sometimes called the Nobel prize of mathematics. Andrea Kane, Institute for Advanced Study
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