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  • Please come to the Fine Hall common room on the 3rd floor to hear about some of the current research going on in the Math Department, mingle with your former professors, and meet future mathematicians.Speakers and times:
    2:10: Professor Christopher Skinner 2:25: Shrenik Shah (graduate…

  • The spring 2013 Fine Letters, the Mathematics Department newsletter, is now available. Read about recent events in the department, new and departing faculty, notable awards, and much more. 

  • Congratulations to all of the winners from this year's Putnam Mathematical Competition, where the Princeton University team received honorable mention. Bowie Liu '13 ranked in the top 25 participants and received a $250 award. Receiving honorable mention from Princeton were: Arka…

  • 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…

  • Elliott 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.

  • Like Schrödinger’s cat, it was only supposed to be a thought experiment to elucidate the strange mathematics of quantum mechanics.Now, the 46-year-old Kochen–Specker theorem, which describes the quantum dance of observer and observed,has passed its toughest test yet in the real world. The test,…

  • 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…

  • 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;…

  • Juggling Mathematics and Magic8:00 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Congratulations to Shrenik Shah, currently a teaching assitant and 4th-year graduate student, who has been honored by his students for excellent teaching in MAT 201: Multivariable Calculus.

  • SUMMER PROGRAM FOR MATHEMATICS MAJORS, 2013:Once again, the Princeton University Mathematics Department expects to support up to 10 undergraduate mathematics majors for a research program this summer.  Participating students will be required to be on campus for a total of 8 weeks during the…

  • Professor Paul Seymour will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Technical University of Denmark at their commencement on May 3, 2013.   

  • There will be a celebration and remembrance of Arthur Wightman and his science this Sunday, March 10, at Princeton University.

  • Congratulations to Zeev Dvir, Assistant Professor, who has been awarded a two-year Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship!

  • Congratulations to Anna Wienhard, Assistant Professor, who has been awarded a two-year Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship!

  • The Spring Junior Seminar in Mathematics organizational meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb 12, at 4:30 in Fine Hall 314. The leaders of each seminar, Professors Weinan E, Elias Stein and Stefan van Zwam will give a brief presentation on their topics. If you are unable to attend, please speak…

  • A new set of Minerva lectures will be delivered by Professor Terence Tao from UCLA Department of Mathematics. The schedule for his lectures is as follows:Monday, February 11th, 4:30pm in A02 McDonnell Hall
    Wednesday, February 13th, 4:30pm in in A02 McDonnell Hall
    Thursday, February…

  • Congratulations to Professor Alexander (Sasha) Sodin, who was awarded the 2012 Haim Nessyahu Prize in Mathematics.The Israel Mathematical Union considered six excellent Ph.D. theses which were submitted, all worthy of the prize, and after discussing their stengths and contributions, reached the…

  • Congratulations to Professor Sophie Morel, who has been awarded an EMS Prize for Young Researches at the 6th European Congress of Mathematics in Krakow. EMS prizes were awarded to 10 young researchers not older than 35 years, of European nationality or working in Europe, in recognition of…

  • Arthur Strong Wightman, Thomas D. Jones Professor of Mathematical Physics, Emeritus and former Chair of our department, died on January 13, 2013.Professor Wightman received his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1949 and joined Princeton that same year. He retired in 1992. Professor Wightman was 90 years …

  • Philip Homes and John Guckenheimer are receiving the 2013 AMS Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition. Presented annually by the American Mathematical Society, the Steele Prize is one of the highest distinctions in mathematics. The prize will be awarded on Thursday, January 10, 2013,…

  • Yakov Sinai, Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University, is receiving the 2013 AMS Leroy P. Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement. Presented annually by the American Mathematical Society, the Steele Prize is one of the highest distinctions in mathematics. The prize will be awarded on…

  • Main Speakers:* Alice Guionnet (MIT)
    * Michel Ledoux (Toulouse)
    * Elchanan Mossel (Berkeley)
    * Assaf Naor (NYU)
    Junior Speakers:
    * Marcel Nutz (Columbia)
    * Percy Wong (Princeton)
    Registration is free and will be open until March 15, 2013. The…

  • MAT 100 - Fri, Jan 18, 1:30 p.m., Fine Hall 214MAT 103 - Wed, Jan 16, 9:00 a.m., McCosh Hall 50
    MAT 104 - Wed, Jan 16, 1:30 p.m., McCosh Hall 10
    MAT 175 - Thu, Jan 24, 1:30 p.m., Frick Chemistry Laboratory B02
    MAT 201 - Fri, Jan 18, 9:00 a.m., McCosh Hall 46, McCosh Hall 50…

  • Congratulations to Professor Manjul Bhargava, who has been awarded the Infosys Prize 2012 by the Infosys Science Foundation in Bangalor, India.The Infosys Prize is awarded in recognition of "outstanding research contributions across six catagories: Engineering & Computer science,…

  • The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition will be held on Saturday, December 1st in Jadwin A10. The morning session begins at 10:00 am; but all participants should plan to be there at least 20 minutes before the session begins in order to check in.There are a few openings for students…

  • The SASTRA Ramanujan Prize is awarded annually for outstanding contributions by young mathematicians to areas influenced by Srinivasa Ramanujan.  Zhiwei joins an impressive list of mathematicians, including the following who received their Ph.D. at Princeton: Terence Tao (Ph.D. 1996), Kannan…

  • Minerva lectures continue with Prof. Ian Agol from UC Berkeley talking about 3-Manifolds and The Virtual Haken Conjecture.  Lectures will be held on:Monday, October 22, 4:30pm in A01 McDonnell HallTuesday, October 23, 5:30pm in A01 McDonnell HallThursday, October 25, 5:30pm in A01 McDonnell Hall…

  • "The MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction."  For more information: http://www.macfound.org/fellows/862/

  • Professor J-P. Serre will be in residence from Oct 8-19!  He will, in particular, be delivering the inaugural Minerva lectures on Oct 10, 15, and 17 at 4:30pm in McDonnell A01.Video recordings of these lectures are now available at the links above

  • The Princeton Undergraduate Math Club has recently compiled a comprehensive Guide for Math Students intended for undergraduates interested in mathematics. The Guide includes an extensive Course Guide, as well as sections on Summer Opportunities, Undergraduate Research, Combining Math with Other…

  • The first joint junior seminar and organizational meeting will be held on Thursday, September 20 at 4:30pm.  All juniors are encouraged to attend!Junior seminars for the Fall 2012:
    Michael Damron: "Random Walks"
    Sophie Chen: "Famous Problems of Geometry"

  • Congratulations to Juanhe Tan '13, who was recognized by President Tilghman at the Opening Exercises on Sunday, September 9, 2012 with the Class of 1939 Princeton Scholar Award.The Class of 1939 Princeton Scholar Award is given to the undergraduate who, at the end of their junior year, has…

  • On behalf of the Mathematics Department welcome to the inaugural issue of Fine Newsletter.We constantly feel the need to reach out to each other and share information on "what is happening at Fine Hall". Over the years, we also felt the urge to share the information with our alumni and…

  • The Princeton Mathematics Department mourns the loss of former colleague, Bill Thurston (a faculty member here from 1974-1991) who died Tuesday, August 21, 2012. Bill's contributions to mathematics are immeasurable. We join our colleagues at Cornell University (where Bill was appointed at…

  • Professors Manjul Bhargava and Amit Singer have been appointed as Simons Investigators by the Simons foundation in the inaugural year of the program.The Simons Investigator Award is a 5-year program where the Simons Investigator will receive research support each year.
    The award…

  • Academia Sinica (Taiwan, Republica of China) held its biennial Convocation of Academicians from July 2 to July 5 culminating in the announcement of the 2012 list of Academicians on July 5, 2012. Professor Alice Chang was one of 20 new Academicians and 1 Honorary Academician that were elected. …

  • Professor Zeev Dvir (jointly appointed Assistant Professor in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department) is the recipient of the Dénes König Prize for the 2012 year. The prize was awarded at the SIAM Conference on Discrete Mathematics, which was held at Dalhousie University in Halifax,…

  • A workshop on Extensive Form Games will be held at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna, June 11-12 2012. The workshop represents a continuation of the series of small conferences that the Institute has hosted in previous years. This time the workshop is dedicated to Harold Kuhn’s…

  • PrizesThe George B. Covington Prize in Mathematics has been awarded to Xue Liu and Shotaro Makisumi for excellence in mathematics.
    The Middleton Miller ’29 Prize has been awarded to Edgar Dobriban, Oleg Lazarev and Chuen-Ming Mike Wong for the best independent work in mathematics.

  • A conference entitled "Recent Progress in Langrangian and Hamiltonian Dynamics" in honor of John Norman Mather's 70th birthday is currently being held at Ens de Lyon (June 4th-June 9th, 2012).  More information can be found at the conference website.

  • Today, May 25th 2012, the 2011 Fermat Prize for mathematical research was officially awarded to Manjul Bhargava, the Thomas D. Jones Professor of Mathematical Physics and the Brandon Fladd, Class of 1983, Professor of Mathematics, and mathematics professor Igor Rodnianski.  The prize was awarded…

  • Our Systems Staff, Josko Plazonic and Mike Barone, and Jennifer Johnson (our Associate Departmental Representative) have been working tirelessly with a variety of people within our department and OIT Web Development Services to update the information and streamline our site. We hope you will be…

  • Here is the final exam schedule for the Spring 2012 term.MAT 102 - Sun, May 20 1:00 p.m., Fine Hall 314
    MAT 104 - Wed, May 16 1:30 p.m., McDonnell Hall A02
    MAT 200 - Sat, May 19 9:00 a.m., McDonnell Hall A01
    MAT 201 - Wed, May 16 7:30 p.m., McDonnell Hall A02
    MAT 202 -…