Paths to Math: Paul Minter

This installment of the “Paths to Math” series features Paul Minter, Veblen Research Instructor (2022–23) and Veblen Fellow (2023–27) in the Institute’s School of Mathematics. Paul works on geometric analysis and geometric measure theory.

Watch to see Paul outline the minimization principles that are integral for his research, which are exemplified by soap bubbles. He also describes how, despite being discouraged from applying to an elite school, his passion for mathematics brought him from a small U.K. seaside town, to Cambridge University, and then to IAS. Finally, Paul offers his advice to those wanting to pursue a career in mathematics.

Paths to Math” chronicles the academic journeys of individual scholars from the Institute for Advanced Study, highlighting the moments that ignited their passion for math. With each unique story, this series celebrates the universality of mathematics and the inclusive community of practitioners at IAS, spanning a deep array of backgrounds, interests, geography, ethnicity, and gender.

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