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Category Archives: Mathematicians
Yves Meyer has been selected to win the 2017 Abel Prize. The citation is “for his pivotal role in the development of the mathematical theory of wavelets”. His work is certainly well known within mathematics, especially within harmonic analysis and in … Continue reading
Karen Smith is a mathematician at the University of Michigan, which is where she also did her Ph.D. Her thesis was on tight closure, an important topic in commutative algebra. There is, of course, a lot of overlap between commutative algebra and … Continue reading
Quanta Magazine, from the Simons Foundation, has been publishing some excellent articles about mathematics. It is not a research journal, so Mathematical Reviews doesn’t cover it. Nevertheless, if you want to dig deeper into some of the mathematical issues discussed … Continue reading
The AMS is announcing the winners of some of the major prizes that they will award at the upcoming Joint Mathematical Meetings in Atlanta (January 4-7, 2017). The Joint Prize Session, where prizes from the various participating societies will be presented, … Continue reading
One of the great – and oldest – resources for mathematics on the web is the MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive. Before there was Wikipedia, there was MacTutor. It was founded by two mathematicians, John J. O’Connor and Edmund F. Robertson, both … Continue reading
Jonathan Borwein passed away on August 1st. He was a prolific mathematician, with 427 publications as of this writing. He was also quite broad, publishing in number theory, operations research, calculus of variations, and many other subjects. Many people knew … Continue reading
Without Otto Neugebauer, there would be no MathSciNet. He was the founder of both Zentralblatt für Mathematik (1931) and Mathematical Reviews (1940). Neugebauer lived an extraordinary life during extraordinary times. He knew and worked with some of the great mathematicians of the twentieth century. Neugebauer … Continue reading
Claude Shannon is famous among mathematicians and computer scientists for his remarkable work, particularly in the realm of information theory. Of particular importance is Shannon’s notion of information entropy, often referred to now as “Shannon entropy”. He launched the theory … Continue reading
Hilary Putnam has died. There is a notice on the AMS website and an obituary in the New York Times. Wikipedia has a long entry for Putnam. He was widely known as a philosopher, but he was also an active mathematician. He was … Continue reading