## Abel prize

This year's Abel prize shows you can wrap anything, no matter how weirdly shaped.

Why doing maths is like being Lewis Carroll's Red Queen and how to keep going beyond the formidable age of 84.

The ability to see order in chaos has won the mathematician Yakov G. Sinai the 2014 Abel Prize.

This year's Abel Prize has been awarded to the Belgian mathematician Pierre Deligne for "seminal contributions to algebraic geometry and for their transformative impact on number theory, representation theory, and related fields".

The Abel Prize 2011 goes to John Willard Milnor of Stony Brook University, New York for "pioneering discoveries in topology, geometry and algebra".

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.