The Abel Prize 2009, one of the most prestigious prizes in mathematics, has been awarded today to the Russian-born mathematician Mikhail Gromov for "his revolutionary contributions to geometry".
Maths phobe goes forth to multiply
A date for your TV diary: next Tuesday, the 31st of March 2009, at 9pm, BBC2 will screen the Horizon programme Alan and Marcus go forth and multiply, in which actor and comedian Alan Davies explores his fear of maths with mathematician and author Marcus du Sautoy. Together they will visit the fourth dimension, cross the universe and explore infinity, and along the way Alan does battle with some of the toughest maths questions of our age. Let's hope he's done some swotting with Plus first!
posted by Plus @ 12:25 PM
The Abel Prize 2009
The Abel Prize 2009 will be announced tomorrow, March 26th, and you will be able to view the ceremony live in the Abel prize webcast. The ceremony announcing the winner of one of the most prestigious pirzes of mathematics will begin at 11am UK time (12 noon Norwegian time), and soon after Plus will give you more details.
You can find out more about previous winners of the Abel Prize on Plus.
posted by Plus @ 3:59 PM
Only a few days left to become a Plus author!
This is your final reminder of the Plus new writers award, our writing competition which gives you the chance to become a Plus author, and win an iPod and signed books by some of the best popular science writers around. The deadline is March 31, so get writing now — we're looking forward to reading your entries!
posted by Plus @ 3:27 PM
- At 12:19 AM, William Chen said...
Are entries with two authors eligible for the contest?
- At 9:29 AM, said...
Yes, though if you win, you'll have to share the prize...
- At 10:37 PM, Quantum_Flux said...
Do pictures count....I mean, if they count on them? I've got a really neat picture file that's worth, probably, a trillion mathematicos.
- At 7:08 AM, said...
May I send two entries?
- At 10:45 AM, said...
The answer to the previous two questions is: yes, you can send two entries, and pictures are very welcome as part of articles, or with a good explanatory article, but not on their own unfortunately.
We're looking forward to your entries!
Travels in a mathematical world
If you enjoy the Plus podcasts, then you might also like a maths podcast published by Peter Rowlett, the University Liaison Officer of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. On his travels he records short interviews with interesting mathematicians talking about their career and work. There are also episodes on the history of mathematics and on mathematical news, and the webpage also contains a blog.
posted by Plus @ 3:24 PM
This is the 50th issue of Plus and to celebrate, we've made it especially big. We explore the incredibly life-like images generated by computers and fragile medieval frescoes, find chaos in fluid flows and prime numbers in a sieve, meet the "English Galileo" and a man who's into geeky pop, and learn about the dangers of bacon sandwiches. Plus the usual regular features including book reviews, puzzle and podcasts.
posted by Plus @ 4:55 PM