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enInterview with Stas Smirnov
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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/contentComplex dining: day 2 at ICM
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<p>We're at the massive conference dinner, talking to Alex Bellos, author of best-selling popular maths book <A href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Alexs-Adventures-Numberland-Alex-Bellos/dp/0747597162">Alex's adventures in numberland</a>, mathematician Colva Roney-Dougal, other delegates and ourselves.</p><p><a href='http://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/podcast/Day2.mp3'>Complex dining: day 2 at ICM</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/complex-dining-end-day-2-icm#commentsICMSat, 21 Aug 2010 09:35:45 +0000mf3445290 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>
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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/contentHow good is your maths?
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<p>Bad statistics can mislead, and who'd know this
better than mathematicians? It's ironic, then, that mathematics itself has fallen victim to the seductive lure
of crude numbers. Mathematicians' work is being measured, ranked and
judged on the basis of a single statistic: the
number of times research papers are being cited by others. And mathematicians
are not happy about it.</p>
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<p>This career interview is a <a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/so-you-want-be-mathematician">podcast!</a></p><p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/career-interview-research-mathematician" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/career-interview-research-mathematician#commentscareer interviewICMScience & EngineeringMon, 06 Sep 2010 14:00:24 +0000mf3445304 at http://plus.maths.org/contentWhat's it like being a mathematician?
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<p>Why do people become mathematicians? What's it like being one and what are the perks of a job in academia? We talk to young mathematicians at the <a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/latest-news-icm-2010">International Congress of Mathematicians</a>, as well as to established research mathematician Larry Guth, to find out.</p><p><a href='http://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/podcast/ICM_careers_final.mp3'>What's it like being a mathematician?</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/so-you-want-be-mathematician#commentscareer interviewICMMon, 06 Sep 2010 13:48:16 +0000mf3445303 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 Brendan Mackay about the debunking of the bible code
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<br class="brclear"><p>We talk to Brendan Mackay, who spoke at the ICM, about how he debunked the bible codes.</p><p><a href='http://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/podcast/brendan.mp3'>Interview with Brendan Mackay</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/interview-brendan-mackay-about-debunking-bible-code#commentsICMFri, 27 Aug 2010 06:57:02 +0000mf3445298 at http://plus.maths.org/contentInterview with Simon Singh at ICM 2010
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<p>We talk to Simon Singh, winner of the <a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/simon-singh-wins-leelavati-prize-public-outreach-maths">Leelavati Prize </a> for public outreach in maths, at the International Congress of Mathematicians 2010.</p>
<p><a href='http://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/podcast/singh.mp3'>Interview with Simon Singh</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/interview-simon-singh-icm-2010#commentsICMFri, 27 Aug 2010 05:46:05 +0000mf3445297 at http://plus.maths.org/contentSimon Singh wins Leelavati Prize for Public Outreach in Maths
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<p>Here are some pictures from the ICM 2010:</p> <div class="centreimage"><img src="/sites/plus.maths.org/files/news/2010/icm/panel.jpg" alt="Plus headed for world domination." width="300px" height="450" /><p><em>Plus</em> headed for world domination.</p><p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/some-pictures-icm" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/some-pictures-icm#commentsICMFri, 27 Aug 2010 02:10:43 +0000mf3445295 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/content