Tom Hutchcroft has won a prestigious EMS Prize at the European Congress of Mathematics 2024, for work on mathematical models that can help us figure out phase transitions.

In this podcast we talk to Hugo Duminil-Copin, who tells us how his work in statistical physics brings together his two loves – maths and physics.

Fields Medallist Duminil-Copin's work in statistical physics brings together his two loves – maths and physics.

Hugo Duminil-Copin has been awarded a Fields Medal for solving longstanding problems in statistical physics. He told us about how his work brings together his two loves – maths and physics.

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 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. Now physicists from the US and Germany have devised a safer way of
using passwords that takes account of the human need for
memorability.

We were lucky enough to interview Stas Smirnov at the ICM in Hyderabad, India. 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.

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.