October 12, 2017

October 11, 2017

In math as in life, Vladimir Voevodsky played by his own rules. Voevodsky, a Russian-born mathematical prodigy, produced a string of daring insights in the 1990s that revolutionized one of the central fields of mathematics and established him at the pinnacle of his...

October 08, 2017

Not going to class isn't typically something good to boast about. But perhaps the late Vladimir Voevodsky is the exception to the rule. Voevodsky is credited with founding new fields of mathematics, such as motivic homotopy theory, and a computer tool to help...

October 06, 2017

Vladimir Voevodsky, a once-gifted but restless student who flunked out of college out of boredom before emerging as one of the most brilliant and revolutionary mathematicians of his generation, died on Sept. 30 at his home in Princeton, N.J. He was 51. To learn more,...

October 04, 2017

September 30, 2017

September 22, 2017

In 1892, the mathematician Otto Hölder posed a question that would occupy the field for more than a century: Is it possible to make a periodic table of all finite symmetry? The answer, to which hundreds of mathematicians have contributed, is yes. But the taxonomy...

September 19, 2017

Frequent Director's Visitor Siobhan Roberts chronicles the life and impact of the late Lotfi Zadeh , logician and former Member in the School of Mathematics, whose innovative and controversial work on fuzzy logic was met with both ardent support and disdain across the...

September 12, 2017

In a breakthrough that disproves decades of conventional wisdom, two mathematicians, including Maryanthe Malliaris , von Neumann Fellow in the School of Mathematics, have shown that two different variants of infinity are actually the same size. The advance touches on one of the most...

August 28, 2017

Philip Anderson won the 1977 Nobel Prize in physics for his discovery of what is now called Anderson localization, a term that refers to waves that stay in some “local” region rather than propagating the way you’d expect. He studied the phenomenon in the context...

August 22, 2017