Mathematics

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...
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...