# News

The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition will be held this Saturday December 7, in Fine Hall 314. 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.The morn

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Congratulations to Professor Alice Chang, who was elected Doctor Honoris Causa of Pierre and Marie Curie University on November 13th! This degree is a mark of honorary distinction given to a scientist; it honors not only the scientific excellence of men and women, all

Celebration of MindMartin Gardner and Undiluted Hocus Pocus

October 25, 2013

FREE PUBLIC EVENTS

4:30 Princeton University Press, 41 William Street, build a math sculpture with George Hart

The Mathematics Department is proud to introduce our new faculty for the 2013-14 academic year:Antonio Ache (Instructor and NSF Postdoctoral Fellow)

Minerva Lecture I: October 10, 2013Minerva Lecture II: October 11, 2013Minerva Lecture III: October 15, 2013To view the Minerva Lectures poster, please click here

This is the second year the “Department of Mathematics Graduate Teaching Award” has been given. Last year, it was awarded to Daniel Shenfeld. The award was created to recognize excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level.

The Class of 1939 Princeton Scholar Award is given to the undergraduate who, at the end of the junior year, has achieved the highest academic standing for all preceding college work at the University.

The organizational meeting for Fall 2013 Junior Seminars in Mathematics will take place Monday, September 16th at 3:00 pm in Fine Hall 322. If you are unable to attend, contact Junior Departmental Adviser Tasho Kaletha tkal

The Department of Mathematics welcomes the Class of 2017Visit us at the ACADEMIC EXPO Monday, September 9, 2013

INFO SESSION FOR PROSPECTIVE MATH MAJORS10-11 a.m. in Frick A57

Program Description and Requirements

Independent Work

Jonathan Luk, who received his Ph.D.

The inaugural 2014 AWM-Microsoft Research Prize in Algebra and Number Theory is awarded to Sophie Morel in recognition of her exceptional research in number theory.

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:

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.

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.

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 i

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, fancifu

Manjul Bhargava, the Brandon Fradd, Class of 1983, Professor of Mathematics, is one of 84 newly elected members of the National Academy of Sciences.

Juggling Mathematics and Magic8:00 pm, Monday, April 22, 2013

McCosh 50, Princeton University

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 maj

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.

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.

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 tota

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.

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

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.

Congratulations to Professor Sophie Morel, who has been awarded an EMS Prize for Young Researches at the 6th European Congress of Mathematics in Krakow.

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.

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.

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.

Main Speakers:* Alice Guionnet (MIT)

* Michel Ledoux (Toulouse)

* Elchanan Mossel (Berkeley)

* Assaf Naor (NYU)

Junior Speakers:

* Marcel Nutz (Columbia)

* Percy Wong (Princeton)

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

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 &a

The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition will be held on Saturday, December 1st in Jadwin A10.

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.

Minerva lectures continue with Prof. Ian Agol from UC Berkeley talking about 3-Manifolds and The Virtual Haken Conjecture.

"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:

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 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"

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 en

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".