## News from the world of Maths

A new prime number with nearly 25 million digits was discovered just in time for Christmas.

Fields medallist Caucher Birkar tells us about his work and his unusual mathematical journey.

We're looking forward to taking part in the next Mathscon – Farheen Zehra tells us what we can expect!

Revolutionary laser tools that have changed our lives have won the Nobel prize in physics.

We talk to Ivan Smith, invited lecturer at the ICM 2018, about his work and what he likes about the Congress.

Ali Nesin has been awarded the 2018 Leelavati Prize for creating a mathematical paradise for Turkish students and the world's mathematicians.

We talk to Jack Thorne about his lecture at the ICM 2018 and his work "faceting the gem stone" in number theory.

Clément Mouhot tells us about his work trying to understand some of the most beautiful structures in mathematics and physics.