2006 Fields medals

August 23, 2006

Ok the winner are

Andrei Okounkov “for his contributions briding probability; representation theory and algebraic geometry.”

Grigori Perelman “for his contributions to geometry and his revolutionary insights into the analytical and geometric structure of the Ricci flow.”

Terence Tao “for his contributions to partial differential equations, combinatorics, harmonic analysis and additive number theory.”

Wendelin Werner “for his contributions to the development of stochastic Loewner evolution, the geometry of two-dimensional Brownian motion, and conformal field theory.”

About Terence Tao victory, it was announced months ago on the arsmathematica’s blog I asked Tao by e-mail if he khows something about this news the mail and reply was

Dear professor Tao,Today the blog Not even wrong ( http://www.math.columbia.edu/~woit/wordpress/?p=350 ) has rumored that you won the Fields Medal 2006,

I don’t know if you can reply me sincerly but is this notice true?

Thanks for you attention

Dr. Piero Giacomelli

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It\’s certainly news to me.  I actually have no clue who is going to win
the Fields this year.Terry



Terence Tao 
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 Altre opzioni   17 feb

It’s certainly news to me.  I actually have no clue who is going to win
the Fields this year.Terry

So probably he knew something but for modesty it has not been canted himself.

When one look at Tao publications and interes in math, It’s shocked by the variety and the deepness of his results. The last I was interest and can be read by a no-field specialist is “on the number of sum and differences” in acta mathematica hungarica”. Another interesting article is The primes contain arbitrarily long arithmetic progressions.

So congratulations Professor Tao.

About Peleman and the “Poincaré Conjecture” a good post is one on the Shtetl-Optimized ‘s blog, with lots ok comments. The disappeared mathematician has finally been found by Sylvia Nasar in St. Petersburg.  He lives there with his mom, and disaccording to all he has released an interview whit the journalist. Scott aaroson as pointed out that refusing the medal has grant to Pelerman much more attention that accepting it. The Wilde’s aforisma “chat good chat bad, but chat about it ” is still valid in the internet age. I wouldn’t discuss the proof, one good exposition on what is “Poincare conjecture”is Christina Sormani’s one. I hope due to the difficulty and the longness of the detailed proof given by Huai-dong Cao and Xi-Ping Zhu one smart and brave person would start a blog project like Fermat’s Last Theorem blog.  

 I hope the Nasar’s interview will be availiable on emule network or in some web page. Could anyone link/send it to me?