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  1. Subscribersonhouse
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    02 Aug '18 16:461 edit
    https://phys.org/news/2018-08-british-iranian-kurd-fields-math.html

    Caucher Birkkar, Kurdish refugee wins along with Peter Scholze, Alegio Figalli and Ashay Venkatesh who is from India. Scholze is German and Figalli is Italian.

    But there are some who doubt the direction of the Fields medal:

    https://phys.org/news/2018-01-fields-medal-fallacy-math-prize.html#nRlv
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    02 Aug '18 16:56
    Originally posted by @sonhouse
    https://phys.org/news/2018-08-british-iranian-kurd-fields-math.html

    Caucher Birkkar, Kurdish refugee wins along with Peter Scholze, Alegio Figalli and Ashay Venkatesh who is from India. Scholze is German and Figalli is Italian.

    But there are some who doubt the direction of the Fields medal:

    https://phys.org/news/2018-01-fields-medal-fallacy-math-prize.html#nRlv
    Is this a debate or just informational?
  3. SubscriberWOLFE63
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    02 Aug '18 17:03
    Originally posted by @sonhouse
    https://phys.org/news/2018-08-british-iranian-kurd-fields-math.html

    Caucher Birkkar, Kurdish refugee wins along with Peter Scholze, Alegio Figalli and Ashay Venkatesh who is from India. Scholze is German and Figalli is Italian.

    But there are some who doubt the direction of the Fields medal:

    https://phys.org/news/2018-01-fields-medal-fallacy-math-prize.html#nRlv
    How did the Chinese fare?
  4. Standard membersh76
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    02 Aug '18 17:19
    Originally posted by @wolfe63
    How did the Chinese fare?
    methinks we's a gonna find out soon enuf
  5. Subscribersonhouse
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    02 Aug '18 18:18
    Originally posted by @quackquack
    Is this a debate or just informational?
    Wondered if anyone had any thoughts on the second link about the future of the Fields medal.
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    02 Aug '18 20:16
    Originally posted by @sh76
    methinks we's a gonna find out soon enuf
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  7. Zugzwang
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    02 Aug '18 20:241 edit
    Originally posted by @sonhouse
    https://phys.org/news/2018-08-british-iranian-kurd-fields-math.html

    Caucher Birkkar, Kurdish refugee wins along with Peter Scholze, Alegio Figalli and Ashay Venkatesh who is from India. Scholze is German and Figalli is Italian.

    But there are some who doubt the direction of the Fields medal:

    https://phys.org/news/2018-01-fields-medal-fallacy-math-prize.html#nRlv
    Mathematics is a universal field in which people from diverse backgrounds can excel.

    Caucher Birkkar (nee Fereydon Derakhshani) is the second mathematician from Iran
    (the first was the late Maryam Mirzakhani, the only woman winner) to win a Fields Medal.
    He graduated from the University of Tehran.
    (If he's not a naturalized citizen of the UK, then he's still a citizen of Iran.)

    "Ashay Venkatesh who is from India ..."
    --Sonhouse

    He was born in India and grew up in Australia. He's now an Australian citizen.
    (Caucher Birkkar did not leave Iran until he became a PhD student.)

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/01/fields-medal-award-stolen-brazil-maths-prize

    "World's most prestigious maths medal is stolen minutes after professor wins it"
  8. Zugzwang
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    02 Aug '18 20:381 edit
    Originally posted by @sonhouse
    https://phys.org/news/2018-08-british-iranian-kurd-fields-math.html

    Caucher Birkkar, Kurdish refugee wins along with Peter Scholze, Alegio Figalli and Ashay Venkatesh who is from India. Scholze is German and Figalli is Italian.

    But there are some who doubt the direction of the Fields medal:

    https://phys.org/news/2018-01-fields-medal-fallacy-math-prize.html#nRlv
    https://phys.org/news/2018-01-fields-medal-fallacy-math-prize.html#nRlv

    "However, in 1966, the medal's meaning radically changed. The committee established a
    strict age limit of 40-years old, which opened the prize up to those who become famous
    early on in their careers. In addition, the prestige of the Fields Medal was elevated
    following a controversy relating to one of the medalists, whose colleagues defended him
    by comparing the Fields Medal to the much higher-profile Nobel prizes."

    Zhang Yitang established the first finite bound on gaps between prime numbers,
    which certainly would deserve a Fields Medal except that he was over the age limit.
    There were important reasons, however, why he seemed 'late' in proving that astonishing result.

    First of all, his education was postponed due to political persecution in his native China.
    "During the Cultural Revolution, he and his mother were sent to the countryside to work in the fields.
    He worked as a laborer for 10 years and was unable to attend high school.[9]
    After the Cultural Revolution ended, Zhang entered Peking University in 1978 [at age 23] ..."
    --Wikipedia

    After earning his PhD at Purdue University in 1991, Zhang had a bitter falling-out with
    his PhD advisor, who did not give him any reference. Accordingly, Zhang could not get
    any job in mathematics for eight years (during which he worked part-time in sandwich shop),
    when he was hired as an adjunct lecturer (no tenure) by the University of New Hampshire,
    a low-prestige university not known for research. Living in poverty (on an adjunct lecturer's
    salary), Zhang was worried that he could not find any woman who would marry him, and
    he was overjoyed when a Chinese waitress agreed to marry him.

    Given all his hardships, it's amazing that Zhang never gave up and kept working hard
    on mathematical research when he was not struggling to stay afloat financially.
    In 2013, this unknown lecturer from an obscure university astonished the world of mathematics.
  9. Subscribersonhouse
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    02 Aug '18 20:39
    Originally posted by @duchess64
    Mathematics is a universal field in which people from diverse backgrounds can excel.

    Caucher Birkkar (nee Fereydon Derakhshani) is the second mathematician from Iran
    (the first was the late Maryam Mirzakhani, the only woman winner) to win a Fields Medal. He graduated from the University of Tehran.
    (If he's not a naturalized citizen of the UK, then h ...[text shortened]... -maths-prize

    "World's most prestigious maths medal is stolen minutes after professor wins it"
    I was curious as to the second link, as to the future direction of the prize.
  10. Zugzwang
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    02 Aug '18 20:42
    Originally posted by @sonhouse
    I was curious as to the second link, as to the future direction of the prize.
    I doubt that the Fields Medal will revoke the age limit (established in 1966).
    The Fields Medal may become more politicized (like the Nobel Prizes).
  11. Standard membersh76
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    02 Aug '18 22:42
    Originally posted by @mchill
    😀
    😉
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