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Fields Medal to the Ukrainian Viazovska, is Nobel Prize in Mathematics

2022-07-05T09:18:02.175Z

Second woman ever, with her 3 other winners (ANSA) The Ukrainian mathematics Maryna Viazovska of the Polytechnic University of Lausanne was awarded one of the 4 Fields Medals, the world's greatest recognition for mathematics, similar to the Nobel. Viazovska is the second woman to win the coveted prize that is awarded every 4 years established in 1936 and awarded by the International Mathematical Union, with her were also awarded Hugo Duminil-Copin



The Ukrainian mathematics Maryna Viazovska of the Polytechnic University of Lausanne was awarded one of the 4 Fields Medals,

the world's greatest recognition for mathematics, similar to the Nobel.

Viazovska is the second woman to win the coveted prize that is awarded every 4 years established in 1936 and awarded by the International Mathematical Union, with her were also awarded Hugo Duminil-Copin of the University of Geneva, James Maynard, of the University of Oxford and June Huh, of Princeton.  

The 38-year-old Ukrainian mathematician Viazovska was awarded in particular for her important works related to the so-called 'sphere packing problem', i.e. the mathematical demonstration of what may appear to be a trivial enigma of everyday life that we face when we want to put a series of round objects inside a box.

"However, a problem solved with 8-dimensional spheres and which has important repercussions also in cryptography", explained Roberto Natalini, Roberto Natalini, director of the "M. Picone" Institute for Calculation Applications of the National Research Council (Iac Cnr ) and coordinator of the mathematics dissemination site 'MaddMaths!'.

"Very important contributions - continued Natalini - which had led Viazovska to already win many other awards. It would have been incredible if she had not also won the Fields Medal".

Unlike the other years, the Fields2022 Medals were not awarded during the International Mathematics Congress which opens tomorrow but at a special event in Helsinki, Finland.

"The Congress was supposed to take place in St. Petersburg but it was then decided, for the first time, to do it online. A very big political decision due to the war," commented Natalini.

The other winners were the French Duminil-Copin, for studies in the field of probabilities and properties of complex networks, the Korean Huh, an expert in combinatorics and who became passionate about mathematics only in his college years, and finally Maynard for his important works in the demonstration of the conjecture of twin prime numbers, the mathematical 'couples' made known to the general public thanks to the successful novel by Paolo Giordano 'The solitude of prime numbers'.

Source: ansa

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