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Turing Award genealogy

Turing Award genealogy

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum invited laureates in mathematics and computer science to participate. There have been numerous comparisons between the mathematicians and the computer scientists...

September 27, 2013 — John Cook

Michael Atiyah on Exposition

Sir Michael Atiyah is known for is expository writing and speaking as well as his profound contributions to mathematics. The following is an excerpt from my conversation with Atiyah discussing his views on mathematical exposition...

September 25, 2013 — John Cook

Saxophone Quartets and Probability

Saxophone quartets consist of four saxophones, usually a baritone, tenor, alto, and soprano, or maybe a second alto instead of a soprano. Because all saxophones are essentially the same instrument, just at different sizes, the instruments blend remarkably well...

September 24, 2013 — John Cook
Who Was Nevanlinna, and What Is His Prize?

Who Was Nevanlinna, and What Is His Prize?

Mathematics and computer science do not have a Nobel Prize. Instead, these areas have their own prizes to honor outstanding achievement. Mathematics has the Fields Medal and the Abel Prize...

September 22, 2013 — John Cook
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