Mathematics major Xinyi Chen '15 has been awarded a \$100,000 "20 under 20" fellowship from the Thiel Foundation. The fellowship awards 20 students under 20 years of age with \$100,000 over two years to start a company. Chen had participated in the Tigerlabs startup accelerator last summer and has founded a company aimed at improving telepresence and video chat technologies for mobile devices. For the full article in the Daily Princetonian, click here.
Elliot Lieb, professor of mathematics and Higgins professor of physics at Princeton University, was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society as a Foreign Member on May 2, 2013. For more information on Professor Lieb and the Royal Society, click here.
A new experiment has yielded results that match predictions made by the Kochen-Specker theorem, first published in 1967 by Ernst Specker and Simon Kochen, a professor emeritus of mathematics at Princeton University. For the full story in Nature, click here.
NEW COURSE: Fall 2013, MAT 301 (HA): The History of Mathematics, Tues & Thurs 1:30-2:50pm.
Behind the famous names and seemingly-timeless theorems of your mathematics classes, there is a rich and fascinating history filled with controversies, blind alleys, fanciful inspirations, and social prerogatives.
This seminar will examine themes and ideas from the history of mathematics spanning the entirety of human history, from the oldest surviving written texts (numbers on clay tablets) to the present, with a focus on the mathematics of modern Europe.
Manjul Bhargava, the Brandon Fradd, Class of 1983, Professor of Mathematics, is one of 84 newly elected members of the National Academy of Sciences. Also elected from Princeton this year are Susan Fiske, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Pyschology, and professor of psychology and public affairs; and Juan Maldacena, a visiting lecturer with rank of professor in physics.
Professor Ronald Graham, Mathematician and Juggler, will give a Public Lecture at Princeton University on April 22
Juggling Mathematics and Magic
8:00 pm, Monday, April 22, 2013
McCosh 50, Princeton University
The mystery of magic and the art of juggling have surprising links to interesting ideas from mathematics. In this talk, Professor Graham will illustrate some of these connections.
Two Princeton students have been awarded Goldwater Scholarships, the premier award for outstanding undergraduates interested in careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.
The 2012-13 winners are juniors Eric Chen and Daniel Kriz, both mathematics majors. Chen is from Lawrenceville, Ga., and Kriz is from Ann Arbor, Mich.
One- and two-year Goldwater Scholarships cover tuition, fees, room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year. The Princeton recipients are among 271 scholarship winners selected from a field of 1,107 students nationwide.
The Princeton team earned an honorable mention in this year's William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition. Congratulations to Bowei Liu who had one of the top 25 individual scores and received an award of $250. Congratulations also to Arku Adhikari, Wesley Cao, Alan Chang, David Corwin, Kubrat Danailov, Evgeni Dimitrov, Jay Hashop, Bumsoo Kim, Ante Qu, Zev Rosengarten, Alexander Smith, Matthew Superdock, Juanhe Tan, and Allen Yang, who all earned an honorable mention for their individual scores.
Manjul Bhargava, Princeton's Brandon Fradd, Class of 1983, Professor of Mathematics, has been featured for his Freshman Seminar, "The Mathematics of Magic Tricks and Games." For the full article, click here
Congratulations to Aaron Pixton, a current 4th-year graduate student, who has been appointed to a five-year Clay Research Fellowship beginning September 1, 2013.
Aaron Pixton will receive his Ph.D. in 2013 from Princeton University under the supervision of Rahul Pandharipande. His research is in enumerative algebraic geometry. The topics he has worked on recently include the tautological ring of the moduli space of curves, moduli spaces of sheaves on 3-folds, and Gromov-Witten theory.