Mathematics

Scientific American's John Horgan profiles John Archibald Wheeler , a leading theoretical physicist of the twentieth century and former Member in the School of Mathematics/Natural Sciences, writing: “He has spent his career racing ahead of other scientists and throwing open doors for them. He...
Why are there six “flavors” of quarks, three “generations” of neutrinos, and one Higgs particle? Robbert Dijkgraaf , Director and Leon Levy Professor, explores the complex search for a single description of reality.
Akshay Venkatesh , a world-leading mathematician who has made fundamental contributions to various fields of mathematics, working in particular at the intersection of analytic number theory, algebraic number theory, and representation theory, has been appointed to the Faculty of the School of Mathematics, effective...
On the occasion of the 2018 Abel Prize ceremony, which honored this year's laureate Professor Emeritus Robert Langlands , Nils Baas , former Member in the Schools of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, writes in the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten , "Mathematics is a science...
On May 22, Robert P. Langlands , Professor Emeritus in the School of Mathematics, received the 2018 Abel Prize from His Majesty King Harald V at the University Aula in Oslo. Click here to watch the recording of the ceremony. Then, on...
Toni Bluher, senior subject matter expert in cryptography at the National Security Agency, and Kristin Lauter, principal researcher and research manager for the cryptography group at Microsoft Research, will give lecture courses on cryptography as part of the 2018 Program for Women and Mathematics, which...
Luis Caffarelli , former Professor in the School of Mathematics (1986–996) and former Member in the School (2009), has been awarded the 2018 Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences for his groundbreaking work on partial differential equations, including creating a theory of regularity for nonlinear...
National Academy of Sciences
Matias Zaldarriaga , Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, Sanjeev Arora , Visiting Professor in the School of Mathematics, and five former Members are among those newly elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
Assaf Naor , Member in the School of Mathematics, has received the 2018 Frederic Esser Nemmers Mathematics Prize from Northwestern University for his profound work on the geometry of metric spaces, which has led to breakthroughs in the theory of algorithms. The Nemmers Prize...
“We can’t remove all risks, and life is always about tradeoffs,” said Barnaby Marsh , Visitor in the Program in Interdisciplinary Studies. "What’s important is that you understand the reality of the risks you’re taking.” Read more about probability, luck, and risk at ...
“Statistics is a way of analyzing data and discovering the inner hidden secrets being concealed by the data,” says Donald Richards , former Member in the School of Mathematics. “Can we find patterns that tell us that climate change is underway? Can we find...
“If you think about mathematics as an archaeological excavation—many mathematicians think not of inventing something, but discovering—then some of us might find a small fragment, others might find a beautiful treasure. Robert Langlands found the equivalent of the Rosetta Stone,” said IAS Director and Leon...