Four Mathematicians Won the Prestigious Fields Medal for Their Amazing Work
by Matthew Gilligan
Maryna Viazovska was born in Ukraine and now calls Switzerland home. She works at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne and won her Fields Medal for her work on the the E8 lattice.
This arrangement shows how to pack spheres in eight dimensions in the least amount of space possible. Viazovska said “Sphere packing is a very natural geometric problem. You have a big box, and you have infinite collection of equal balls, and you’re trying to put as many balls into the box as you can.” She is trying to densely pack squares into 24 dimensions.
Maryna Viazovska, who works on the geometry of spheres, is one of four winners of the coveted prize this year https://t.co/Rrvux3Z9hM
— Scientific American (@sciam) July 15, 2022
Hugo Duminil-Copin hails from France and was awarded for his research on how matter changes form. This is called the probabilistic theory of phase transitions.
His work focuses on focuses on how ferromagnetic objects transition from a nonmagnetic to magnetic phase in what’s called the Ising model.
Inspiration comes in waves for Hugo Duminil-Copin, who recently won a Fields Medal. “One day, I was swimming in the sea, and in like 10 minutes of swimming, I had a completely full proof” of a major combinatorics problem. https://t.co/o4CqqnnYGe
— Quanta Magazine (@QuantaMagazine) July 14, 2022
June Huh is a professor at Princeton University and won the Fields Medal for a number of topics he worked on, including applying geometric concepts to combinatorics, which is the mathematics of counting.
Funny enough, Huh actually dropped out of school to be a poet and didn’t fall in love with mathematics until he was 23.
Imposter syndrome may just be universal. Upon learning he had won the Fields Medal, June Huh doubted the news. “Of course you are happy, but deep down, you’re a little bit worried that they might eventually figure out that you’re not actually that good.” https://t.co/zHTl01Sq9b pic.twitter.com/NW2Pfyn9zw
— Quanta Magazine (@QuantaMagazine) July 7, 2022
And James Maynard of Oxford University won the medal for his breakthrough in the study of Prime Numbers.
James Maynard has been awarded a Fields Medal for “remarkable results” in the study of Prime Numbers, in particular identifying how often they do (and don’t) occur. Let James explain.
— Oxford Mathematics (@OxUniMaths) July 5, 2022