Mathematics

Quanta Magazine 's Kevin Hartnett writes: "For more than a century, mathematicians have investigated the equations required to describe—or embed—different kinds of shapes in spaces with different numbers of dimensions. They ask questions like, 'Do equations exist that describe this shape in that space?' and...
The Institute for Advanced Study will commemorate the life and work of renowned mathematician Vladimir Voevodsky , former Professor in the School of Mathematics, during a four-day memorial conference that will take place September 11–14, 2018, approximately one year after his death. Experts from...
Masaki Kashiwara , former Member in the School of Mathematics, has received the 2018 Chern Medal, which is awarded every four years to an individual whose accomplishments warrant the highest level of recognition for outstanding achievements in the field of mathematics. The International Mathematical...
Ritabrata Munshi , former Member in the School of Mathematics, has been awarded the 2018 Ramanujan Prize for Young Mathematicians from Developing Countries in recognition of his profound contributions to analytic number theory, in particular to the study of analytic properties of L-functions and...
Michael Giudici and Akshay Venkatesh became friends in their second-year studies, when Giudici was 18. Venkatesh was 12. He is believed to be the youngest person to enroll at the University of Western Australia. “And he was much better than all the rest of us,”...
The International Mathematical Union (IMU) has awarded a 2018 Fields Medal to Akshay Venkatesh , a world-leading mathematician recently appointed to the permanent Faculty of the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) School of Mathematics. This highest honor was presented to Venkatesh today at the...
Akshay Venkatesh , a world-leading mathematician and recent appointee to the Faculty of the Institute, has been awarded a 2018 Fields Medal for his “profound contributions to an exceptionally broad range of subjects in mathematics.” Quanta 's Erica Klarreich writes: “Most mathematicians struggle to...
“He truly is a universal mathematician,” said mathematician Jordan Ellenberg of Akshay Venkatesh , 2018 Fields medalist and recent appointee to the Faculty of the Institute's School of Mathematics. “His work has gone in a lot of different directions.” Read more about the 2018...
Dusa McDuff , former Member in the School of Mathematics and a program organizer of the Institute’s Program for Women and Mathematics , will receive the 2018 Sylvester Medal, which will be presented at the Royal Society’s Anniversary Day in November...
Scott Aaronson , former Member in the School of Mathematics, discusses the capabilities and limits of quantum computers, common misconceptions, and fundamental science with Craig Cannon of Y Combinator. Listen to the podcast here .
Early on in the study of quantum computers, computer scientists posed a question whose answer, they knew, would reveal something deep about the power of these futuristic machines. Twenty-five years later, it’s been all but solved. In a paper posted online at the...
Women and Mathematics, an outreach program of the Institute for Advanced Study, recently celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary with a dinner honoring co-founders Karen Uhlenbeck and Chuu-Lian Terng . Uhlenbeck and Terng, both former Members in the School of Mathematics who first came...