Reports on Impact of Mathematics

A week ago the EMS posted links to reports on the impact of mathematical research on society and economy. You can access these reports here: link. Though probably for many too long to read in detail, reading just the introductions is already interesting.

Multiplying integers

The classical algorithm, that everyone knows from elementary school, for multiplying two n-digit integers runs in \(O(n^2)\)-time. Recently, there was a preprint posted on HAL (link) in which the authors provide an algorithm which runs in \(O(n\log(n))\)-time. A nice article about this discovery may be found at the QuantaMagazine: link. Further, it was also recently proven in another preprint … Continue reading "Multiplying integers"

Two quite different prizes

In the last few weeks were two quite different prizes awarded, on which I want to report. In March 14th, 2019, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Awards (homepage, UNESCO webpage, wikipedia) were presented to five women. One of the five laureates is Claire Voisin (wikipedia) who is “rewarded for her outstanding work in algebraic geometry. Her pioneering … Continue reading "Two quite different prizes"

2019 Abel Prize

Karen Uhlenbeck (Wikipedia) is the 2019 Abel Prize Laureate (Wikipedia, Homepage) … for her pioneering achievements in geometric partial differential equations, gauge theory and integrable systems, and for the fundamental impact of her work on analysis, geometry and mathematical physics. There is a nice article about it over at Quanta Magazine (link). A mathematical introduction … Continue reading "2019 Abel Prize"

2019 Christopher Heyde Medal

Three days ago the Australian Academy of Sciences announced the recipients of its 2019 Honorific Awards (Twitter, Webpage). Among them is Professor Geordie Williamson FAA FRS (Wikipedia), Mathematician at the University of Sydney (Homepage), who receives the Christopher Heyde Medal. The Australian Academy of Sciences states: Professor Williamson is a world leader in the field of … Continue reading "2019 Christopher Heyde Medal"