AMS News AMS News - RSS Feed Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:00:00 EST en-us Erik Demaine to Give 2016 Einstein Lecture Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:00:00 EST <p> <strong><a href="/images/demaine-einstein2016.jpg"><img alt="Erik Demaine" src="/images/thumbs/demaine-einstein2016.jpg" style="width: 67px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 1px; margin-right: 1px; float: left;" /></a>Erik Demaine</strong> (left), MIT, will give the <a href="/news?news_id=2963">2016 Einstein Public Lecture in Mathematics</a>, <em>Fun with Fonts: Mathematical Typography</em>, on March 5. The lecture is part of the <a href="/meetings/sectional/2237_program.html">2016 Spring Southeastern Sectional Meeting</a> taking place at the University of Georgia March 5-6.</p> Photos from the 2016 Joint Mathematics Meetings Wed, 03 Feb 2016 00:00:00 EST <a href="/images/2016-JMM_Seattle-28.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/2016-JMM_Seattle-28.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 67px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;" /></a> <p> See <a href="/meetings/national/jmm2016-highlights">slideshows</a> of Invited Addresses and other presentations, the Joint Prize Session and reception, Mathematical Art Exhibition, and JMM 2016 at a glance, and read the media coverage about the meeting.</p> Chevalley Prize presented to Geordie Williamson Tue, 26 Jan 2016 00:00:00 EST <a href="/images/Williamson-Vogan-Chevalley2016Prize.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/Williamson-Vogan-Chevalley2016Prize.jpg" style="width: 79px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;" /></a> <p> The presentation of the first AMS Claude Chevalley Prize in Lie Theory, to <strong>Geordie Williamson</strong>, was made at the <a href="">Taipei Conference in Representation Theory V</a> &#21488;&#21271;&#34920;&#29694;&#29702;&#35542;&#30740;&#35342;&#26371;V. The conference, held January 4-8, was dedicated to <strong>George Lusztig</strong> on the occasion of his 70th birthday. (<em>Photo:</em> Geordie Williamson (left) receives the AMS Chevalley Prize from David Vogan, MIT and past president of the AMS. Photo by Institute of Mathematics, Academia Sinica.)<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --> See the <a href="/news?news_id=2867">press release about Williamson</a> receiving the prize &quot;for his work on the representation theory of Lie algebras and algebraic groups [which includes] proofs and reproofs of some longstanding conjectures as well as spectacular counterexamples to the expected bounds in others.&quot; See also <a href=""> more photos of the conference</a>.</p> MathJax v2.6 now available Thu, 21 Jan 2016 00:00:00 EST <a href="/images/MathJax-Banner.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/MathJax-Banner.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 57px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;" /></a> <p> <a href="">MathJax v2.6 is now available</a> and can be freely downloaded. New features include 1) Completing the CommonHTML output, a faster HTML output that can be generated on both client and server, and 2) Accessibility improvements in the form of an extension to expose MathJax&#39;s internal MathML to screenreaders, and making the MathJax Menu accessible. AMS is pleased to be a Managing Partner of MathJax.</p> AMS 2016 Spring Sectional Meetings Wed, 20 Jan 2016 00:00:00 EST <p> * March 5-6: University of Georgia<br /> * March 19-20: State University of New York at Stony Brook<br /> * April 9-10: University of Utah<br /> * April 16-17: North Dakota State University, Fargo<br /> See all <a href="/meetings/sectional/sectional.html">upcoming AMS Sectional Meetings</a>.</p> New Record for Largest Known Prime Tue, 19 Jan 2016 00:00:00 EST <p> The Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search has discovered the largest known prime number:<br /> 2<sup>74,207,281</sup> - 1. The number is the 49th Mersenne prime--prime numbers of the form 2<em><sup>p</sup></em> - 1, where <em>p</em> is prime--discovered and has more than 22,000,000 digits.<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --> The <a href="">Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search</a> (GIMPS) is a distributed computing project involving volunteers. This latest prime number was discovered on a computer volunteered by Curtis Cooper at the University of Central Missouri, which in 2013 also discovered the previous largest known prime number.</p> Eliashberg Receives Crafoord Prize Thu, 14 Jan 2016 00:00:00 EST <p> <strong><a href="/images/eliashberg.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/eliashberg.jpg" style="width: 70px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-right: 1px; margin-left: 1px; float: left;" /></a>Yakov Eliashberg</strong>, Stanford University, has been awarded the 2016 Crafoord Prize in Mathematics by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The 6-million-kroner (US$700,000) prize honors him &quot;for the development of contact and symplectic topology and groundbreaking discoveries of rigidity and flexibility phenomena&quot;. &nbsp;(Photo courtesy of Stanford University.)<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --></p> <p> Eliashberg is the Herald L. and Caroline L. Ritch Professor of Mathematics at Stanford University. Born in Russia in 1946, he received his PhD from Leningrad University in 1972, under the direction of Vladimir Rokhlin. He moved to the U.S. in 1988 and has been at Stanford since 1989. His many honors include the <a href="/notices/200104/comm-veblen.pdf">2001 AMS Veblen Prize</a>&nbsp;and the <a href="">2013 Heinz Hopf Prize</a>. Eliashberg was elected as an AMS Fellow in 2012 and as a member of the US National Academy of Sciences in 2003.</p> <p> The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences <a href="">news release</a> calls Eliashberg &quot;one of the leading mathematicians of our time. For more than thirty years he has helped to shape and research a field of mathematics known as symplectic geometry, and one of its branches in particular---symplectic topology.&quot; Eliashberg will receive the prize this spring at a ceremony in Stockholm.</p> 2016 Mathematical Art Exhibition Awards Wed, 13 Jan 2016 00:00:00 EST <p> <a href="/images/hart-orig.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/hart-orig.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 79px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;" /></a>The 2016 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;45 Poppies,&quot;</strong></em> by <strong>Karl Kattchee</strong> was awarded Best photograph, painting, or print; <em><strong>&quot;Sword Dancing,&quot;</strong></em> by <strong>George Hart</strong> (pictured here) was awarded Best textile, sculpture, or other medium; and <em><strong>&quot;OSU Triptych No. 2,&quot;</strong></em> by <strong>Robert Orndorff</strong> received Honorable Mention. See the <a href="/news?news_id=2929">press release</a> for images and descriptions of these works and for information about the award.</p> Mathematics at the 2015 SACNAS National Conference Tue, 29 Dec 2015 00:00:00 EST <a href="/images/SACNAS-2015.jpg"><img alt="" src="/images/thumbs/SACNAS-2015.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 92px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;" /></a> <p> See <a href="/meetings/sacnas2015-mtg">photo slideshows and a report on mathematics at the 2015 SACNAS National Conference</a>, including the Undergraduate Posters in Mathematics and Conversations with Mathematical Scientists.</p> Artin and Levin to Receive National Medal of Science Wed, 23 Dec 2015 00:00:00 EST <p> <strong><a href="/images/artin-nms2016.jpg"><img alt="Michael Artin" src="/images/thumbs/artin-nms2016.jpg" style="width: 71px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 1px; margin-right: 1px; float: left;" /></a><a href="/images/levin-nms2016.jpg"><img alt="Simon Levin" src="/images/thumbs/levin-nms2016.jpg" style="width: 76px; height: 100px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 1px; margin-right: 1px; float: left;" /></a>Michael Artin</strong>, MIT professor emeritus, and <strong>Simon Levin</strong>, Princeton University, are among nine recipients of this year&#39;s National Medal of Science. (Photos: Artin (left) by Donna Coveney; Levin by Brian Wilson, Princeton Office of Communications.)<!-- AMSNEWSBREAK --></p> <p> Artin is a main architect of modern algebraic geometry who introduced among many other results, the notion of algebraic space and methods to study algebraic stacks. He served as AMS president from 1991 to 1992, was awarded the Society&#39;s <a href="/journals/notices/200204/comm-steeleprz.pdf">Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement in 2002</a>,&nbsp; and the Wolf Prize in 2013. Artin is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the AMS, SIAM, the American Academy of Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His Wolf Prize citation notes that &quot;His fundamental contributions encompass a bewildering number of areas&quot; in algebraic geometry. <a href="">Read more about his work</a>.</p> <p> Levin&#39;s research is in complexity, using mathematical models and data to analyze topics in ecology, apportionment, and financial systems. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a 2005 winner of the Kyoto Prize. In a <a href="">Princeton University press release</a>, Levin&#39;s colleague Daniel Rubenstein says, &quot;As chair for most of his time at Princeton, I always marveled at the way he connected people and ideas, mentored graduate students and postdocs, and the way he empowered math-phobic students to harness the power of theory to enrich their theses.&quot;</p> <p> <a href=";org=NSF&amp;from=news">The National Medal of Science</a> is administered for the White House by the National Science Foundation. Awarded annually, the medal recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering. The awardees will receive their medals at a White House ceremony early next year.</p>