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<p>Today we were lucky enough to interview Stas Smirnov about his work in statistical physics. As well as being very pleased at winning the Fields Medal and being recognised by his colleagues, Stas reminded us that mathematicians don't do research to win medals. They do it because of curiosity and he personally can't wait to get back to his theorems.</p>
<p><a href='http://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/podcast/smirnov.mp3'>Interview with Stas Smirnov</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/interview-stas-smirnov#commentsfields medalICMpercolation theoryphase transitionstatistical physicsThu, 26 Aug 2010 18:17:47 +0000Rachel5294 at http://plus.maths.org/contentThings never get simpler - the work of Cédric Villani
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<p>What would you think if the nice café latte in your cup suddenly separated itself out into one half containing just milk and the other containing just coffee? Probably that you, or the world, have just gone crazy. There is, perhaps, a theoretical chance that after stirring the coffee all the swirling atoms in your cup just happen to find themselves in the right place for this to occur, but this chance is astronomically small. </p><p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/things-never-get-simpler-work-cedric-villani" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/things-never-get-simpler-work-cedric-villani#commentsBoltzmann equationdiffusionentropyfields medalICMFri, 20 Aug 2010 09:50:32 +0000mf3445288 at http://plus.maths.org/contentA new phase in mathematics - the work of Stanislav Smirnov
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<p>Suppose you throw an equal number of white and black balls into a rectangular box which is, say, 30 balls long, 10 balls wide and is now 5 layers deep in balls. What it the probability that you have a run of touching white balls from one end of the box to the other?</p>
<div class="leftimage" style="width:200px"><img alt="Stanislav Smirnov" src="/sites/plus.maths.org/files/news/2010/icm/smirnov-large[1].jpg" width="200px" height="130px"><p>Stanislav Smirnov</p><p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/new-phase-mathematics" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/new-phase-mathematics#commentsfields medalICMlatticepercolation theoryphase transitionFri, 20 Aug 2010 05:57:34 +0000Rachel5287 at http://plus.maths.org/contentDynamic numbers - the work of Elon Lindenstrauss
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<p>Elon Lindenstrauss got the Fields Medal for developing tools in the area of dynamical systems and using them to crack hard problems in number theory.</p><p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/fields-medallist-elon-lindenstrauss" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/fields-medallist-elon-lindenstrauss#commentsdiophantine approximationfields medalICMLittlewood conjecturenumber theoryThu, 19 Aug 2010 13:35:52 +0000mf3445284 at http://plus.maths.org/contentThe little lemma that could — the work of Ngô Bào Châu
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Results in mathematics come in several flavours — <i>theorems</i> are the big important results, <i>conjectures</i> will be important results one day when they are proved, and <i>lemmas</i> are small results that are just stepping stones on the way to the big stuff. Right? Then why has the Fields medal just been awarded to Ngô Bào Châu for his proof of a lemma?</p><p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/little-lemma-could" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/little-lemma-could#commentsalgebraic geometryfields medalgroup theoryICMnumber theoryrepresentation theoryThu, 19 Aug 2010 13:20:09 +0000Rachel5283 at http://plus.maths.org/contentAnd who chooses the winners?
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<p>What's the point of the Fields Medal and other maths prizes? Who decides who gets one? And when will we have the first female medallist? Rachel talks to László Lovász, current president of the International Mathematical Union (IMU), Martin Grötschel, the IMU's secretary, and Ragni Piene, the new chair of the Abel Prize committee, about all this and more.</p><p><a href='http://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/podcast/imu_final.mp3'>And who chooses the winners?</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/and-who-chooses-winners#commentsAbel prizefields medalICMTue, 31 Aug 2010 16:20:25 +0000mf3445299 at http://plus.maths.org/contentInterview with Cédric Villani
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<div class="leftimage" width="300"><img src="/sites/plus.maths.org/files/news/2010/icm/Plus_cedric_small.jpg" width="300px" height="225"><p><i>Plus</i> with Cédric Villani.</p></div><p>Here's the full and uncut version of our interview with Fields medallist Cédric Villani. We'll publish a slightly more polished version when we get the time, with more explanations, but thought you'd like the chance to listen to the whole thing.</p><p><a href='http://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/podcast/villani_edit_0.mp3'>Interview with Cédric Villani</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/interview-cedric-villani#commentsfields medalICMWed, 25 Aug 2010 07:55:37 +0000mf3445293 at http://plus.maths.org/contentLatest news from the ICM 2010
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<p>Journey to the frontiers of maths with Plus as we cover the International Congress of Mathematics in Hyderabad, India</p>
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<p>In August 2010 <i>Plus</i> went to the International Congress of Mathematicians in Hyderabad, India. On this page you can find all the <a href=#article">reports</a> and <a href="#pod">podcasts</a> we put up during the conference.
And to stay up to date with what we're up to, <A href="http://Twitter.com/plusmathsorg">follow us on Twitter</a>.</p><p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/latest-news-icm-2010" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/latest-news-icm-2010#commentsfields medalICMICWMFri, 20 Aug 2010 02:33:35 +0000Rachel5286 at http://plus.maths.org/contentThings never get simpler - the work of Cédric Villani
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<p>What would you think if the nice café latte in your cup suddenly separated itself out into one half containing just milk and the other containing just coffee? Probably that you, or the world, have just gone crazy. There is, perhaps, a theoretical chance that after stirring the coffee all the swirling atoms in your cup just happen to find themselves in the right place for this to occur, but this chance is astronomically small.</p>
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<p>What would you think if the nice café latte in your cup suddenly separated itself out into one half containing just milk and the other containing just coffee? Probably that you, or the world, have just gone crazy. There is, perhaps, a theoretical chance that after stirring the coffee all the swirling atoms in your cup just happen to find themselves in the right place for this to occur, but this chance is astronomically small. </p><p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/things-never-get-simpler-work-c%C3%A9dric-villani-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/things-never-get-simpler-work-c%C3%A9dric-villani-0#commentsBoltzmann equationdiffusionentropyfields medalICMThu, 19 Aug 2010 23:00:00 +0000mf3445324 at http://plus.maths.org/contentA new phase in mathematics - the work of Stanislav Smirnov
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<p>The work of Fields Medallist Stanislav Smirnov will take mathematics and physics into a new phase with his mathematical proof of the understanding of phase transitions.</p>
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<p>Suppose you throw an equal number of white and black balls into a rectangular box which is, say, 30 balls long, 10 balls wide and is now 5 layers deep in balls. What it the probability that you have a run of touching white balls from one end of the box to the other?</p>
<div class="leftimage" style="width:200px"><img alt="Stanislav Smirnov" src="/sites/plus.maths.org/files/news/2010/icm/smirnov-large[1].jpg" width="200px" height="130px"><p>Stanislav Smirnov</p><p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/new-phase-mathematics-work-stanislav-smirnov" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/new-phase-mathematics-work-stanislav-smirnov#commentsfields medalICMlatticepercolation theoryphase transitionThu, 19 Aug 2010 23:00:00 +0000mf3445325 at http://plus.maths.org/contentEnd of a long but exciting day at the ICM...
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<p>A very tired Marianne and Rachel discuss the atmosphere at the first day of the ICM when the Fields medals were awarded...</p>
<p><a href='http://plus.maths.org/sites/plus.maths.org/files/podcast/EndOfLongDay.mp3'>End of a long but exciting day at the ICM</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/end-long-exciting-day-icm#commentsfields medalICMThu, 19 Aug 2010 18:06:51 +0000Rachel5285 at http://plus.maths.org/contentThe little lemma that could — the work of Ngô Bào Châu
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Results in mathematics come in several flavours — <i>theorems</i> are the big important results, <i>conjectures</i> will be important results one day when they are proved, and <i>lemmas</i> are small results that are just stepping stones on the way to the big stuff. Right? Then why has the Fields medal just been awarded to Ngô Bào Châu for his proof of a lemma?</p><p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/little-lemma-could-%E2%80%94-work-ng%C3%B4-b%C3%A0o-ch%C3%A2" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/little-lemma-could-%E2%80%94-work-ng%C3%B4-b%C3%A0o-ch%C3%A2#commentsalgebraic geometryfields medalgroup theoryICMnumber theoryrepresentation theoryWed, 18 Aug 2010 23:00:00 +0000mf3445327 at http://plus.maths.org/contentDynamic numbers - the work of Elon Lindenstrauss
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<p>Eron Lindenstrauss got the Fields Medal for developing tools in the area of dynamical systems and using them to crack hard problems in the seemingly unrelated area of number theory.</p>
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<p>Elon Lindenstrauss got the Fields Medal for developing tools in the area of dynamical systems and using them to crack hard problems in number theory.</p><p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/dynamic-numbers-work-elon-lindenstrauss" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/dynamic-numbers-work-elon-lindenstrauss#commentsdiophantine approximationfields medalICMLittlewood conjecturenumber theoryWed, 18 Aug 2010 23:00:00 +0000mf3445326 at http://plus.maths.org/contentThe Fields Medals 2010
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<p>Over 3000 mathematicians have gathered to sounds of the tabla and bansuri playing traditional Indian music in the Hyderabad International Convention Centre, and they are all baiting their breath. They are all waiting for the announcement of the Fields medals, the highest honour in mathematics, and the prestigious Gauss, Nevanlinna and Chern Prizes. The hall is a colourful scene filled with mathematicians from around the world, including many local participants in beautiful saris and suits. You can hear a pin drop as the entire hall stands for the entrance of Pratibha Patil, the President of India, who will award the medals to the prize winners...</p>
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<p>Over 3000 mathematicians have gathered to sounds of the tabla and bansuri playing traditional Indian music in the Hyderabad International Convention Centre, and they are all bating their breath. They are waiting for the announcement of the Fields medals, the highest honour in mathematics, and the prestigious Gauss, Nevanlinna and Chern Prizes. The hall is a colourful scene filled with mathematicians from around the world, including many local participants in beautiful saris and suits.<p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/fields-medals-2010" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/fields-medals-2010#commentsCarl Friedrich Gauss PrizeChern Medalfields medalICMTue, 17 Aug 2010 08:50:40 +0000mf3445280 at http://plus.maths.org/contentAnd the winners are...
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