Russian-born mathematician wins math's version of the Nobel: Scientific American
Geometer Mikhail Gromov has won the 2009 Abel Prize, a sort of math analogue to the Nobel Prizes, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters announced yesterday. (The Swedes famously do not administer a Nobel in mathematics, so the Norwegians jumped in with the Abel in 2003.) The Russian-born Gromov, 65, of the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques in Bures-sur-Yvette, France, receives six million Norwegian kroner (about $925,000) as part of the prize. Gromov also holds an appointment at New York University.
The mathematician has extended the notion of shape and distance to seemingly foreign and abstract settings; his work has been essential to the progression of branches of geometry known as Riemann geometry and symplectic geometry. Gromov has also helped pioneer geometric group theory, a discipline that relates geometry to the algebraic field of group theory, and has seen his work push along the theoretical evolution of string theory[...]
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Foto de Gromov: Gérard Uferas/The Abel Prize/The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
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