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Summaries of Articles about Math in the Popular Press

Edited by Allyn Jackson,AMS
Contributors:
Mike Breen (AMS), Claudia Clark(freelance science writer), Lisa DeKeukelaere (Brown University),Annette Emerson (AMS)

Media Coverage of the 2006 International Congress ofMathematicians, Madrid

See the website http://www.icm2006.org for moreinformation about the Congress.
"Four Are Given Highest Honor in Mathematics," by Kenneth Chang. New York Times, 22 August2006.

"Russianrecluse snubs academic world, rejecting math's equivalent of the Nobelprize," by Daniel Woolls. USAToday (Associated Press), 22 August 2006. (This wire storyappeared in many newspapers and web sites.)

"Maverickgenius turns down maths `Nobel'", by James Randerson. TheGuardian, 22 August 2006.

"I Don't Get It,"by Tucker Carlson. MSNBC, 22 August 2006.

"The ColbertReport," by Stephen Colbert. Comedy Central, 22 August 2006.

"Mathsgenius declines top prize." BBC News, 22 August 2006.

"Keepyour million dollar prizes," by Robert Matthews. First Post (dailyonline magazine), 22 August 2006.

"Mittelloser Mathematiker verschäht Millonenpreis (DestituteMathematician Spurns Million-dollar Prize)." Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 22August 2006.

"ExzentrischesGenie (Eccentric genius)", by Christoph Drösser. DieZeit, 22 August 2006.

"Elruso Perelman rechaza la medalla Fields, la mayor distinción matemática (The Russian Perelman refuses theFields Medal, the highest distinction in mathematics)", by Malen Ruizde Elvira. El País, 22 August 2006.

"Le mathématicien russe Grigory Perelman a refusé lamédaille Fields (The Russian mathematician Grigory Perelman hasrefused the Fields Medal)." Le Monde, 22 August 2006.

"Le Nobel des maths promis à un ermite russe (The Nobel of mathpromised to a Russian hermit)", by Yves Miserey. Le Figaro, 22August 2006.

"Russianmathematician turns down Fields Medal," by Caroline McCarthy.News.com, 22 August 2006.

"La conjecture d'Henri Poincaré a tenu cent ans (The Conjectureof Henri Poincaré required one hundred years)", by CyrilleVanlerberghe. Le Figaro, 22 August 2006.

"Le `Nobel des Mathématiques' conserve son mystère (The`Nobel of mathematics' retains its mystery." Le Figaro (with Agence France Presse), 22 August 2006.

"`A little crazy'Russian is awarded with `Nobel prize' in maths." Regnum, 22August 2006.

"3 University Mathematicians Accept the Fields Medal, While a 4thWinner Declines," by Jason M. Breslow. Chronicle of Higher Education, 23August 2006.

"Genie verschmäht Fields-Medaille:Gregori Perelman lehnt höchste Auszeichnung der Mathematik ab(Genius Spurns Fields Medal: Gregori Perelman refuses the highesthonor in mathematics)". Deutsche Press Agentur, 23 August 2006.

"Verleihung der Fields-Medaille in Madrid: Auszeichnung unter anderemfür den publikumsscheuen Mathematiker Grigory Perelman (Awardingof the Fields Medal in Madrid: Honor among other things for thepublicity-shy Grigory Perelman)," by George Szpiro. Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 23 August2006.

"Los matemáticos subrayan en Madrid su crecientevinculación a la sociedad: La Unión MatemáticaInternacional mantiene la medalla Fields para Perelman, que larechaza," by Malen Ruiz de Elvira. El País, 23 August 2006.

"RussianDeclines World's Top Mathematician Award," by Shaveta Bansal. AllHeadline News, 23 August 2006.

"Das verschwundeneGenie (The disappeared genius)," by Ulrich Schnabel and JohannesVoswinkel. Die Zeit, 24 August 2006.

"Maths: quatre lauréats pour la médaille Fields (Math:four laureates for the Fields Medal)", by Jean-Francois Augereau. Le Monde, 24 August 2006.

"Russian recluse shuns maths' highest honour." Nature, 24August 2006, page 859.

"Perelman Declines Math's Top Prize; Three Others Honored in Madrid",by Dana Mackenzie. Science, 25 August2006.

"Fields Medals," by Erica Klarreich. Science News, 26 August2006, page 132.

"Eccentricmathematician shuns prestigious award." New Scientist, 26August 2006, page 6

"Burden of proof," by Marcus du Sautoy. New Scientist, 26August 2006, pages 41-43.

"TheMath Was Complex, the Intentions, Strikingly Simple," by GeorgeJohnson. New York Times,27 August 2006.

"3 Professors Win Elite Math Medals," by JasonM. Breslow. The Chronicle ofHigher Education, 8 September 2006, page A15.

"Meanwhile:Yes, but what about the other math geniuses?", by MalindiCorbel. International HeraldTribune, 13 September 2006.

About Grigory Perelman, Fields Medalist

"Major Math Problem Is Believed Solved By ReclusiveRussian," by Sharon Begley. The Wall StreetJournal, 21 July 2006, page A9.

"Genialer Einsiedler (Brilliant hermit)," by George Szpiro. Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 23 July2006.

"Maths 'Nobel' rumoured for Russian recluse: Recent work confirmsproof of century-old problem," by Jenny Hogan. Nature, 1August 2006, page 859.

"Elusiveproof, elusive prover: A new math mystery," by Dennis Overbye.International Herald Tribune (reprinted from New YorkTimes), 15 August 2006.

"Meet the cleverest man in the world (who's going to say no to a $1mprize)," by James Randerson. The Guardian, 16 August 2006.

"Of Math Proofs and Millionaires." Editorial, New York Times, 16 August2006.

"AskScience: Poincare's Conjecture", by Dennis Overybye. New YorkTimes, 18 August 2006.

"Who Cares AboutPoincaré?: Million-dollar math problem solved. So what?", byJordan Ellenberg. Slate, 18 August 2006.

"World'stop maths genius jobless and living with mother," by Nadejda Lobastova and Michael Hirst. Daily Telegraph, 20August 2006.

"El 'Bobby Fischer' de las matemáticas:El ruso Perelman, que resolvió la conjetura de Poincaré,un problema del milenio, será el gran ausente de lareunión de Madrid," by Malen Ruiz de Elvira. El País, 20 August 2006.

"Theworld's cleverest man lives in Russia". Pravda, 21 August 2006.

"Prestigious Award, `Nobel' of Mathematics, Fails to Lure ReclusiveRussian Problem Solver," by Kenneth Chang. New York Times, 23 August2006.

"Esperandoa Perelman (n+1)", by Javier Sampedro. El País, 23 August 2006.

"GrigoryPerelman - Jewish genius of Russian math," by Boris Kaimakov. RussianNews and Information Agency Novosti, 23 August 2006.

"Esperandoa Perelman (n!)", by Javier Sampedro. El País, 24 August 2006.

"MathBreakthrough To Be Tested In Berkeley: Decade Old Problem FinallySolved," by Alan Wang. KGO-TV, 24 August 2006.

"Anequation for controversy," by Siobhan Roberts. Globe andMail, 26 August 2006.

"Whenbeing a genius just doesn't add up," by Katherine Kizilos.Sydney Morning Herald, 26 August 2006.

"No prizes for guessing." Comment, The Guardian, 26 August 2006.

"ManifoldDestiny: A legendary problem and the battle over who solved it,"by Sylvia Nasar and David Gruber. The New Yorker, 28 August2006, pages 44-57.

"TheTriumph of the Nerd," by Evgeny Morozov. International HeraldTribune, 31 August 2006.

About Andrei Okounkov, Fields Medalist

"Princetonprofessor wins math's highest honor, a Fields Medal," by RobertStern. Newark Star-Ledger, 23 August 2006.

About Terence Tao, Fields Medalist

"He'sgot the numbers," by Brendan O'Keeefe. The Australian, 23August 2006.

"UCLAMath Professor Receives Fields Medal," by Larry Gordon. LosAngeles Times, 23 August 2006.

"Acountry devoid of ideas: The Government's neglect of higher educationwill haunt our future economy," by Michael Costello. TheAustralian: Opinion, 25 August 2006.

"Mozartof Maths," by Deborah Smith. Sydney Morning Herald, 26August 2006.

About Wendelin Werner

"Lesmaths francaises encore à l'honneur", by Cyrille Vanlerberghe. LeFigaro, 23 August 2006.

About Jon Kleinberg, Nevanlinna Prizewinner

"Auszeichnung für die Erforschung des WWW: Jon Kleinberg gewinntNevanlinna-Preis für Informatik (Honor for investigation of theWWW: Jon Kleinberg wins the Nevanlinna Prize for Computer Science),"by George Szpiro. Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 25 July2006.

About Kiyosi Ito, Gauss Prizewinner

"Mathematician Ito wins new award." Japan Times, Wednesday,23 August 2006.