AMS News AMS News - RSS Feed Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST en-us 2017 Mathematical Art Exhibition Awards Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST <a href="/images/jmm17-monarchs-web.jpg"><img alt="Monarchs" src="/images/thumbs/jmm17-monarchs-web.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:75px; margin-left:4px; margin-right:4px; width:100px" /></a> <p>The 2017 Mathematical Art Exhibition Awards were made at the Joint Mathematics Meetings last week &quot;for aesthetically pleasing works that combine mathematics and art.&quot; <em><strong>&quot;Fractal Monarchs,&quot;</strong></em> (pictured here) by <strong>Doug Dunham</strong> and <strong>John Shier</strong>, was awarded Best photograph, painting, or print; <em><strong>&quot;Torus,&quot;</strong></em> by <strong>Jiangmei Wu</strong>, was awarded Best textile, sculpture, or other medium; and <em><strong>&quot;AAABBB, two juxtapositions: Dots &amp; Blossoms, Windmills &amp; Pinwheels,&quot;</strong></em> by <strong>Mary Klotz</strong>, received Honorable Mention. See the <a href="/news?news_id=3277">press release</a> for images and descriptions of these works and for information about the award.</p> Fefferman and Schoen Win Wolf Prize Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST <p><strong><a href="/images/wolf-2017-fefferman.jpg"><img alt="Charles Fefferman" src="/images/thumbs/wolf-2017-fefferman.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:2px; margin-right:2px; width:79px" /></a><a href="/images/wolf-2017-schoen.jpg"><img alt="Richard Schoen" src="/images/thumbs/wolf-2017-schoen.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:2px; margin-right:2px; width:71px" /></a>Charles Fefferman</strong> (left), Princeton University, and <strong>Richard Schoen</strong> (right), University of California, Irivine, have been named the winners of the 2017 Wolf Prize in Mathematics for &quot;their striking contributions to analysis and geometry.&quot; The two will share the US$100,000 prize. (Photos courtesy of Princeton University and the University of California, Irvine.)<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --></p> <p>The citation for Charles Fefferman notes that he has &quot;made major contributions to several fields, including several complex variables, partial differential equations and subelliptic problems. He introduced new fundamental techniques into harmonic analysis and explored their application to a wide range of fields including fluid dynamics, spectral geometry and mathematical physics,&quot; and &quot;He solved major problems related to the fine structure of solutions to partial differential equations.&quot; Fefferman received the Fields Medal in 1978, the Bergman Prize in 1982, and the <a href="/notices/200804/tx080400499p.pdf">B&ocirc;cher Memorial Prize in 2008</a>.</p> <p>Richard Schoen was recognized as &quot;a pioneer and a driving force in geometric analysis.&quot; The citation continues: &quot;His work on the regularity of harmonic maps and minimal surfaces had a lasting impact on the field. His solution of the Yamabe problem is based on the discovery of a deep connection to general relativity. Through his work on geometric analysis Schoen has contributed greatly to our understanding of the interrelation between partial differential equations and differential geometry.&quot; Schoen received the B&ocirc;cher Memorial Prize in 1989, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, as well as a fellow of the AMS, the American Academy of Arts &amp; Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is is currently an AMS vice president.</p> <p>The Wolf Prize, which was first given in 1978, is awarded by the Wolf Foundation. Winners will receive their awards from the President of Israel in a special ceremony at the Knesset Building in Jerusalem. See a <a href=";page=content&amp;cs=3142&amp;langpage=heb&amp;language=eng">list of this year&#39;s laureates</a>.</p> Felix Browder, 1927-2016 Wed, 28 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/browder-f.jpg"><img alt="Felix Browder" src="/images/thumbs/browder-f.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:2px; margin-right:2px; width:69px" /></a><strong>Felix Browder</strong>, a brilliant man who was a leader in nonlinear functional analysis and served as president of the AMS from 1999 to 2000, died December 10 at the age of 89. He received the <a href="/notices/200005/comm-medals.pdf">National Medal of Science in 2000</a> for his &quot;pioneering mathematical work in the creation of nonlinear functional analysis that opened up new avenues in nonlinear problems, and for leadership in the scientific community that broadened the range of interactions among disciplines.&quot; <!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --></p> <p>At the age of 20, Browder received his PhD from Princeton University under the direction of Solomon Lefschetz and Witold Hurewicz. He was a C L E Moore Instructor at MIT from 1948 until 1951, but had trouble finding a position because his father, Earl, was prominent in the Communist Party. Felix served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War but was assigned low-level tasks because of unfounded suspicions of his loyalty. Following the war, in 1955, he was hired at Brandeis University and the next year moved to Yale University where he remained until 1963. Browder then took a position at the University of Chicago and was on the faculty there until 1986, chairing the department from 1971 to 1976 and 1979 to 1985. He retired from the university in 1986 and held the position of vice president for research at Rutgers University until 1991.</p> <p>Browder was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, was a fellow of the American Academy of Sciences, and a member of the inaugural class of fellows of the AMS. He was chair of the program committee for <a href="/notices/200003/editorial.pdf">Mathematical Challenges of the 21st Century</a>, which was held at UCLA in 2000. Browder&#39;s brothers, William and Andrew, are also accomplished mathematicians and William was AMS president from 1989 to 1990. Felix was known for reading a book every day from the age of five and his <a href="">obituary</a> in <em>The Washington Post</em> contains a quote from William (originally published in 1998 in the <em>Star-Ledger</em>) about his brother&#39;s erudition: &quot;Felix really does know everything. He can talk at length about anything--French literature, Buddhist philosophy, the best price for dog food--because he reads and retains so much. It gives him a confidence that few possess.&quot; Read more about Felix Browder in his <a href="">biography</a> at the MacTutor archive, and in interviews with Allyn Jackson, <a href="/notices/199903/comm-browder.pdf">as his term as AMS president began</a> and <a href="/notices/200102/comm-browder.pdf">near its end.</a> Browder was an AMS member since 1950.</p> Top Math Stories in the Media - 2016 Wed, 14 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST <a href="/images/top-math-stories-2016.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/top-math-stories-2016.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:4px; margin-right:4px; width:98px" /></a> <p>Among the <a href="/news/math-in-the-media/md-top-stories-2016">top math stories in the media in 2016</a> were <em>Hidden Figures</em>, <em>The Man Who Knew Infinity</em>, US Team Wins 2016 IMO, Andrew Wiles receives Abel Prize, plus op-eds and letters to the editor by mathematicians.</p> Arthur Benjamin to Receive 2017 JPBM Communications Award for Public Outreach Mon, 12 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/JPBM-2017-Benjamin-Photo.jpg"><img alt="Arthur Benjamin" src="/images/thumbs/JPBM-2017-Benjamin-Photo.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:1px; margin-right:1px; width:67px" /></a>Providence, RI---<strong>Arthur Benjamin</strong>, the Smallwood Family Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, will receive the <a href="/news?news_id=3245">2017 JPBM Communications Award for Public Outreach</a>.</p> Siobhan Roberts to Receive 2017 JPBM Communications Award for Expository and Popular Books Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/JPBM-2017-Roberts.jpg"><img alt="Sioghan Roberts" src="/images/thumbs/JPBM-2017-Roberts.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:1px; margin-right:1px; width:67px" /></a>Providence, RI---<strong>Siobhan Roberts</strong>, a journalist and biographer based in Toronto, Canada, will receive the <a href="/news?news_id=3242">2017 JPBM Communications Award for Expository and Popular Books</a>. (Photo: Christopher Wahl.)</p> 2017 Breakthrough Prize to Jean Bourgain Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/breakthrough-2016-bourgain.jpg"><img alt="Jean Bourgain" src="/images/thumbs/breakthrough-2016-bourgain.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:1px; margin-right:1px; width:67px" /></a>The 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics has been awarded to <strong>Jean Bourgain</strong> (left) of the Institute for Advanced Study. Combining deep theoretical insights with ingenious problem-solving ability, Bourgain has had an enormous impact on mathematics over the past forty years. The 2017 New Horizons in Mathematics Prize was awarded to <strong>Mohammed Abouzaid</strong> (Columbia University), <strong>Hugo Duminil-Copin</strong> (University of Geneva), and jointly to <strong>Benjamin Elias</strong> (University of Oregon) and <strong>Geordie Williamson</strong> (Kyoto University). (Photo: Cliff Moore.)<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --></p> <p>The Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics is a US$3 million prize that rewards significant discoveries in mathematics. Winners of the New Horizons Prizes, which are awarded to junior researchers who have already produced important work, receive $100,000.</p> <p>Jean Bourgain has made major contributions across an incredibly diverse range of areas, including harmonic analysis, functional analysis, ergodic theory, partial differential equations, mathematical physics, combinatorics, and theoretical computer science. The field of mathematical analysis has undergone a revolution in the past four decades, with the achievement of major theoretical breakthroughs and powerful new techniques. Bourgain has been at the forefront of this revolution, introducing new tools that he and others have used to great effect. He also has been a leader in the burgeoning field of arithmetic combinatorics and has made significant contributions to theoretical computer science. With close to 500 publications and 120 co-authors around the globe, Bourgain is one of the most influential mathematicians of our time. Born in 1954 in Oostende, Belgium, Jean Bourgain received his PhD (1977) and his <em>habilitation</em> (1979) from the Free University of Brussels. He was a professor at the University of Brussels and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign moving in 1985 to the Institut des Hautes &Eacute;tudes Scientifiques in Paris. Ten years later, he became a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, where he is currently the IBM von Neumann Professor of Mathematics. In 1994, he received the Fields Medal, the top honor in mathematics. His other distinctions include the Salem Prize (1983), the &Eacute;lie Cartan Prize of the French Academy of Sciences (1990), the Ostrowski Prize (1991), the <a href="/notices/201008/rtx100800987p.pdf">Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences (2010)</a>, and the <a href="/notices/201205/rtx120500676p.pdf">Crafoord Prize in Mathematics</a> of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (2012).</p> <p>The 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics is shared by <strong>Joseph Polchinski</strong>, University of California, Santa Barbara and Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics; <strong>Andrew Strominger</strong>, Harvard University; and <strong>Cumrun Vafa</strong>, Harvard University, for &quot;transformative advances in quantum field theory, string theory, and quantum gravity.&quot;</p> <p>The <a href="">prizes</a> are funded by a grant from Mark Zuckerberg&rsquo;s fund at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and a grant from the Milner Foundation.</p> David H. Yang to Receive 2017 AMS-MAA-SIAM Morgan Prize Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/Morgan-2017-Yang-Photo.jpg"><img alt="David H. Yang" src="/images/thumbs/Morgan-2017-Yang-Photo.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:1px; margin-right:1px; width:88px" /></a><strong>David H. Yang</strong>, a senior at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is the recipient of the <a href="/news?news_id=3236">2017 AMS-MAA-SIAM Frank and Brennie Morgan Prize for Outstanding Research in Mathematics by an Undergraduate Student</a>. Yang is honored for his outstanding research in algebraic geometry and geometric representation theory. (Photo by Riley Drake.)</p> David Bailey, Jonathan Borwein, Andrew Mattingly, and Glenn Wightwick to Receive 2017 AMS Conant Prize Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/conant-2017-photo.jpg"><img alt="David Bailey, Jonathan Borwein, Andrew Mattingly, and Glenn Wightwick" src="/images/thumbs/conant-2017-photo.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:100px; margin-left:2px; margin-right:2px; width:100px" /></a><strong>David Bailey, Jonathan Borwein, Andrew Mattingly,</strong> and <strong>Glenn Wightwick</strong> will receive the <a href="/news?news_id=3232">2017 AMS Levi L. Conant Prize</a> for their article <a href="/notices/201307/rnoti-p844.pdf">&quot;The Computation of Previously Inaccessible Digits of &pi;<sup>2</sup> and Catalan&#39;s Constant,&quot;</a> <a href="/notices"><em>Notices of the AMS</em></a>, August 2013. (Photo credits: Top left: David Bailey, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab; top right: Jonathan Borwein (1951-2016), Australian Academy of Science; bottom left: Andrew Mattingly, CJ Butler, IBM Research-Australia; and lower right: Glenn Wightwick, Joanne Saad.)</p> John Friedlander and Henryk Iwaniec to Receive 2017 AMS Doob Prize Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST <p><a href="/images/Doob-2017-Iwaniec-Friedlander-photo.jpg"><img alt="Henry Iwaniec and John Friedlander" src="/images/thumbs/Doob-2017-Iwaniec-Friedlander-photo.jpg" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:72px; margin-left:1px; margin-right:1px; width:100px" /></a>Providence, RI---<strong>John Friedlander</strong> (right) of the University of Toronto and <strong>Henryk Iwaniec</strong> (left) of Rutgers University will receive the <a href="/news?news_id=3226">2017 AMS Joseph L. Doob Prize</a> for their book <em>Opera de Cribro</em> (AMS, 2010). (Photo: Olivier Ramar&eacute;.)</p>