Archive for ‘Mathematics’

September 9, 2011

Prize awarded for largest mathematical proof

If you struggled learning calculus, you probably don’t even want to hear about this. But it goes to show that some mathematics actually is haaaaard.

Prize awarded for largest mathematical proof – New Scientist

The largest proof in mathematics is colossal in every dimension – from the 100-plus people needed to crack it to its 15,000 pages of calculations. Now the man who helped complete a key missing piece of the proof has won a prize.

In early November, Michael Aschbacher, an innovator in the abstract field of group theory at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena will receive the $75,000 Rolf Schock prize in mathematics from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for his pivotal role in proving the Classification Theorem of Finite Groups