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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/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>If you are prone to forgetting your passwords, you're not alone. To make sure
we remember all our passwords, many of us take measures that defeat the
purpose. These include, as studies have shown, using the same password for everything, with
things like "password1" or "abc123" particular favourites, or writing them down on post-it
notes and sticking them to our computer. But such sloppiness makes
easy work for evil agents out to steal our data and identities. And
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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/content