John Milnor

In this lecture, John Milnor, Co-Director of the Institute for Mathematical Sciences at Stony Brook University and a former member of the Faculty of the School of Mathematics at the Institute for...

John Milnor commented on D’Arcy Thompson’s On Growth and Form, first published in 1917, which studied how the shape of an organism changes as it grows and the way that shape changes in the...

What explains “the unreasonable effectiveness” of mathematics, as the late Princeton University physicist Eugene Wigner phrased it, in answering questions about the real world?

Natural phenomena could have been structured in a way...

When Friedrich Hirzebruch was a Member in the School of Mathematics in 1954, his paper, "Some problems on differentiable and complex manifolds", was published in the Annals of Mathematics. In it he asked whether Chern numbers in...