Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics awarded to five

Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics awarded to five

An all new "Breakthrough Prizes" for mathematics have announced its first five winners for their groundbreaking work. The organizers describe the awards as the "biggest science awards in the world" as they offer the biggest prize money - $3m (£1.76m) for each.

This ($3.2m) award is bankrolled by Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and Russian venture capitalist Yuri Milner.

These awards are believed to be a sharp answer to the Nobel prizes which are not open to mathematicians and offer a paltry of $1.3m which is much less than that of these new awards.

Australia's Terry Tao has been named one of five winners of this inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. He has been awarded for it due to his numerous breakthrough contributions to harmonic analysis, combinatorics, partial differential equations and analytic number theory. He was so brilliant that he competed in the International Mathematical Olympiad at the age of 10 and is also the youngest-ever professor at the University of California.

To everyone's surprise Terry Tao tried to talk his way out of his award as he feels that he has not done much as yet.

Beside him the other winners include Simon Donaldson of the Stony Brook University in New York and Imperial College London, Maxim Kontsevich of the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques in France, Jacob Lurie of Harvard University and Richard Taylor of the Institute for Advanced Study in New Jersey.

Yuri Milner who is supporting the awards describes math as "the most fundamental of the sciences the language they are all written in". Zuckerberg added to this by saying that "Mathematics is essential for driving human progress and innovation in this century".

All the five winners will receive their trophies and prize money at a ceremony in November.


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