Hungarian wins top mathematics prize

Mar 21, 2012

Hungarian Endre Szemeredi has won the Abel prize, considered to be the "Nobel" for mathematics, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters announced on Wednesday.

Szemeredi, 71, who works both at the Hungarian Alfred Renyi Institute of Mathematics and at the US Rutgers university's department of computer sciences, was awarded the prize for his work in so-called discrete mathematics, the study of mathematical structures.

"Endre Szemeredi revolutionised discrete mathematics by introducing original and ingenious techniques, and solving a number of fundamental problems," the academy said in a statement.

The prize, worth some 800,000 euros ($1.05 million), will be awarded to Szemeredi on May 22 in by King Harald of Norway.

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Ferky
1.3 / 5 (9) Mar 22, 2012
Who wrote that awful piece?

1. The top prize in math is considered to be the Fields Medal, not the Abel Prize.
2. Discrete math is the study of mathematical structures?? That's like saying that molecular genetics is the study of biological things.

Advice: next time, let someone who's had more than Calculus I write math-related content.
cdkeli
1 / 5 (1) Mar 24, 2012
So someone that makes a major contribution to modern mathematics gets 3 sentences while some shamefull child murder in Florida lights up the entire international media spectrum, radio, tv, newspapers, internet,,,ad nauseum. Is it any wonder mankind is still trapped on this backwater of a planet after all this time?