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The Abel Prize: 2003-2007 The First Five Years
  • The Abel Prize: 2003-2007 The First Five Years

The Abel Prize: 2003-2007 The First Five Years

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Mixed media product 327 Pages / Published: 02/12/2009
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In 2002, the year marking the bicentennial of Abel's birth, the Norwegian P- liament established the Niels Henrik Abel Memorial Fund with the objective of creating an international prize for outstanding scienti c work in the eld of mathematics-the Abel Prize. In this book we would like to present the Abel Prize and the Abel Laureates of the rst ve years. The book results from an initiative of the Mathematics section of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. It is intended as the rst volume in a series, each volume comprising ve years. The book starts with the history of the Abel Prize-a story that goes back more than a hundred years-written by Abel's biographer, Arild Stubhaug. It is followed by Nils A. Baas' biographical sketch of Atle Selberg; at the opening ceremony of the Abel Bicentennial Conference in Oslo in 2002, an Honorary Abel Prize was presented to Atle Selberg. Thereisonepartforeachoftheyears2003-2007.Eachpartstartswithanauto- ographical piece by the laureate(s). Then follows a text on the laureate's work: Pilar Bayer writes on the work of Jean-Pierre Serre, Nigel Hitchin on Atiyah-Singer's - dexTheorem,HelgeHoldenandPeterSarnakontheworkofPeterLax,TomKorner on Lennart Carleson, and Terry Lyons on Srinivasa Varadhan. Each part contains a complete bibliography and a curriculum vitae, as well as photos-old and new.

Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG
ISBN: 9783642013720
Number of pages: 327
Weight: 612 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 18 mm
Edition: 2010 ed.


From the reviews:

"The volume under review presents the winners of the first five prizes, together with a brief history of the prize and a very short biographical sketch of Selberg, the first, honorary, laureate. There is a short autobiographical piece by each laureate, followed by a more extensive review of their work. ... an overview suitable for a general mathematical audience." (Anton Cox, The London Mathematical Society, Issue 392, May, 2010)

"The book presents the Abel Prize and the laureates of this prize in the first five years. The book is intended as the first volume of a series, each volume covering five years. ... The article is written in such a way as to explain the importance of the results at the level `of a well-informed and able first year mathematics student' ... . Interesting photographs are included. The articles presenting the results of the recipients of the prizes are written perfectly." (Krzysztof Ciesielski, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2011 i)

"This superbly presented book begins with the history of the prize and is followed by a biographical sketch of Alte Selberg who was presented with an Honorary Abel Prize in Oslo in 2002. ... Each part contains a bibliography and a curriculum vitae. The text is adorned throughout with many photographs. ... This text is an invaluable contribution to the history of twentieth-century mathematics. Save your pennies and buy it." (Graham Hoare, The Mathematical Gazette, Vol. 95 (533), July, 2011)

"Created in 2002 and first awarded in 2003, the Abel Prize comes the closest to being a `Nobel Prize in mathematics.' ... For each winner, the book includes an autobiographical text, curriculum vitae and bibliography, photographs, and an extensive account of the mathematical work. ... This is a very well-made book." (Fernando Q. Gouvea, The Mathematical Association of America, May, 2011)

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