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    2017 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics awarded to Jean Bourgain

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    December 5, 2016 - NAS foreign associate Jean Bourgain was awarded the 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. Jean Bourgain is IBM von Neumann Professor in the School of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey. He was awarded the Prize for multiple transformative contributions to analysis, combinatorics, partial differential equations, high-dimensional geometry and number theory.

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    Mathematics at MIT

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    Mathematics has played an important part at MIT since the founding of the Institute. Mathematics occupies a core intellectual position at MIT, an institution that is well known for its leadership in Science and Engineering. (Learn more about the MIT Mathematics:

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    What Eclipses Have Done for Science

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    Eclipses have been aiding scientists throughout history, from helping measure the width of the Atlantic ocean and verifying Einstein's theory of general relativity, to allowing NASA to attempt a thermal mapping of Mercury.
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    Math Prodigy Terence Tao, UCLA

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    Terence Tao was a seven year-old high school student when he began taking calculus classes. By age 20 he had received a Ph.D. from Princeton and joined the UCLA faculty. In 2006 he won the Fields Medal in Mathematics and a MacArthur genius grant. Watch Tao talk about how he approaches problem-solving.

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    2015 Breakthrough Prize: Cumberbatch, Zuckerberg, Tao, Taylor, Donaldson, Lurie, Kontsevich

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    The 2015 Breakthrough Prize ceremony was held on November 9, 2014 at NASA’s Hangar 1 in Mountain View, California. Host Seth MacFarlane was joined by actors Kate Beckinsale, Cameron Diaz, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jon Hamm and Eddie Redmayne, who presented the Breakthrough Prizes alongside Silicon Valley's Dick Costolo, Laurene Jobs, Elon Musk, Anne Wojcicki, Sergey Brin, Mark Zuckerberg and Yuri Milner. The event was produced by Vanity Fair and Don Mischer Productions.

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    Mathematician Jacob Lurie, 2014 MacArthur Fellow

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    Mathematician Jacob Lurie is creating a novel conceptual foundation for derived algebraic geometry (DAG) and rewriting large swathes of mathematics from a new point of view.

    The MacArthur Fellowship is a $625,000, no-strings-attached grant for individuals who have shown exceptional creativity in their work and the promise to do more. Learn more at macfound.org/Fellows.

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    Terence Tao, genius mathematician

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    Terence Tao, genius mathematician

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    Math gold medalist talks about the art of math

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    James Tao, a senior at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, won a gold medal competing for Team USA at the International Mathematics Olympiad this summer.

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    Mathematics and sex | Clio Cresswell | TEDxSydney

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    Mathematics and sex are deeply intertwined. From using mathematics to reveal patterns in our sex lives, to using sex to prime our brain for certain types of problems, to understanding them both in terms of the evolutionary roots of our brain, Dr Clio Cresswell shares her insight into it all.

    Dr Clio Cresswell is a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics at The University of Sydney researching the evolution of mathematical thought and the role of mathematics in society. Born in England, she spent part of her childhood on a Greek island, and was then schooled in the south of France where she studied Visual Art. At eighteen she simultaneously discovered the joys of Australia and mathematics, following on to win the University Medal and complete a PhD in mathematics at The University of New South Wales. Communicating mathematics is her field and passion. Clio has appeared on panel shows commenting, debating and interviewing; authored book reviews and opinion pieces; joined breakfast radio teams and current affair programs; always there highlighting the mathematical element to our lives. She is author of Mathematics and Sex.

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    how to embarrass your math teacher

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    Mathematics

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    Please note: Course content may have changed since this film was produced.

    Cambridge is renowned for the excellence of its Mathematics course. Equally challenging and rewarding, it offers the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects: everything from black holes to the most abstruse logic problems.

    Two aspects of the course that our students greatly appreciate are its flexibility and the breadth of subjects offered. The amount of choice increases each year and after Year 1 the workload isn't fixed so you can choose the number of options you study to suit your own work pattern. Some students take as many options as they can; others take fewer and study them very thoroughly.

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    Some of the students who appear in our course films are also featured in the 60 Second Impressions series, which can be found at - keep checking back as we'll be adding new films every couple of weeks!

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    Berkeley Mathematician Ian Agol wins Breakthrough Prize

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    UC Berkeley Mathematician Ian Agol is among the 2016 Breakthrough Prize recipients. Agol studies the topology and geometry of three-dimensional spaces, such as our own universe, and has won acclaim for solving five major conjectures by one of the giants in the field, the late William Thurston, a UC Berkeley alum.
    The Breakthrough Prize awards, given annually in the life sciences, physics and mathematics, celebrate scientists and seek to generate excitement about the pursuit of science as a career. They are sponsored by Google co-founder Sergey Brin and his wife, Anne Wojcicki, a founder of the genetics company 23andMe; Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma and his wife, Cathy Zhang; Russian entrepreneur and venture capitalist Yuri Milner and his wife, Julia; and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan.
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    Mathematics: Invented or Discovered?

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    Mario Livio discusses the complementary processes of mathematical invention and discovery. While we invent some mathematical concepts—such as prime and imaginary numbers—by deciding how to define them, these concepts can lead to a plethora of mathematical discoveries.

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    Original Program Date: June 4, 2010

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    A PhD in mathematics - pure mathematics section

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    The Pure Mathematics Section at Imperial College London is one of the strongest in the UK, having gained the top award of 5* in both of the last two national Research Assessment Exercises.

    The Section currently has 15 academic staff, 2 senior research fellows, 8 Research Associates and 26 PhD students and also runs an MSc in Pure Mathematics. There are 9 weekly research seminars over a broad range of topics in Pure Mathematics, and a full graduate lecture programme.

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    David Letterman Mathematics Genius Prodigy Daniel Tammet Math 3.14 Pi Day

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    David Letterman Mathematics Prodigy Genius Daniel Tammet Math 3.14 Pi Day

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    The Most Beautiful Formula in Mathematics - Professor Raymond Flood

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    In this short introduction to Euler and his work, Professor Raymond Flood talks about Euler’s enormous contribution to mathematics. As well as being one of the most prolific mathematicians of all time, Euler is often regarded as one of the most intellectually elegant. His work has been frequently voted as the most beautiful of all time.

    Raymond Flood is Gresham Professor of Geometry. Information on his ongoing series of free public lectures is available here:

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    An Easy Math Trick Nobody Will Show You

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    The surprising beauty of mathematics | Jonathan Matte | TEDxGreensFarmsAcademy

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    Jonathan Matte has been teaching Mathematics for 20 years, the last 13 at Greens Farms Academy. Formerly the Mathematics Department Chair, he is currently the 12th Grade Dean and Coach of the GFA Math Team and the CT State Champion Quiz Team. A former Jeopardy! contestant, Jon's outside-of-the classroom passions lie in the world of puzzles and games, both as a competitor (in the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament and the World Puzzle Championships, among others) and a creator (orchestrating the long-running GFA Puzzle Hunt and crafting puzzles that have made their way into GAMES Magazine).

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    The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics

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    Basic researchers working in pure mathematics often develop fundamental laws, even entire branches of math, without any specific application in mind. Yet, as Mario Livio points out here, many of these posited laws turn out—sometimes centuries later—to perfectly describe the behavior of the real world with remarkable precision. This phenomenon was best articulated in the early 1900s by the Hungarian physicist Eugene Wigner as the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics. And it begs the question: What gives mathematics this power? Cognitive scientist Marvin Minsky provides an interesting, if wry, answer: if it were not the case, there would be no one to notice.

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    Original Program Date: June 4, 2010

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    2016 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony: Ryan Chester, Priscilla Chan, Sal Khan

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    Ryan Chester accepts the Breakthrough Junior Challenge live onstage at the Breakthrough Prize ceremony.

    The 2016 Breakthrough Prize ceremony was held November 8, 2015 at NASA’s Hangar 1 in Mountain View, California. Host Seth MacFarlane was joined by Christina Aguilera, Russell Crowe, Kate Hudson, Hilary Swank, Lily Collins, Thomas Middleditch and Martin Starr, who presented the Breakthrough Prizes alongside Silicon Valley's Sundar Pinchai, Drew Houston, Jan Koum, Sal Khan and prize founders Anne Wojcicki, Sergey Brin, Mark Zuckerberg, Yuri Milner and Jack Ma (on video from China). During the show, Pharrell Williams performed “Freedom” before an audience that included leading figures from the worlds of technology, business, entertainment and academia. The event was produced by Vanity Fair and Don Mischer Productions. The show was broadcast live on National Geographic channel and later on Fox and National Geographic channels worldwide.

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    Stephen Wolfram - Is Mathematics Invented or Discovered?

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    Mathematics describes the real world of atoms and acorns, stars and stairs, with remarkable precision. So is mathematics invented by humans just like chisels and hammers and pieces of music?

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    Why do people hate mathematics?

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    The mathematics of love | Hannah Fry

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    Finding the right mate is no cakewalk — but is it even mathematically likely? In a charming talk, mathematician Hannah Fry shows patterns in how we look for love, and gives her top three tips (verified by math!) for finding that special someone.

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    2014 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony: Michael Hall and Larry Page

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    The 2014 Breakthrough Prize ceremony took place on December 12, 2013 at NASA’s Hangar 1 in Mountain View, California. The event was produced by Vanity Fair and Don Mischer Productions. The audience included leading figures from the worlds of technology, business, entertainment and academia. The ceremony started with a video message from Stephen Hawking and was hosted by Kevin Spacey. From Hollywood, Glenn Close, Conan O’Brien, Rob Lowe, Michael C. Hall and Anna Kendrick presented awards alongside Google’s Larry Page and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, as well as Breakthrough Prize founding sponsors Sergey Brin, Anne Wojcicki, Mark Zuckerberg and Yuri Milner.

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    How to trick your math teacher

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    Let yourself flow through the equations says mathematician Cedric Villani - Newsnight

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    French mathematician Cedric Villani, winner of the Fields Medal tells us about the mathematical journey to a theorem.

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    Can math be crowdsourced? Terence Tao on how the Internet is changing how some mathematicians work

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    Inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics winner Terence Tao has participated in several ‘Polymath’ projects – intense online collaborations between pure mathematicians. One project broke down an eighty-year-old problem that he was then able to solve.

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    Roel Nusse, 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences

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    Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator Roel Nusse at Stanford University is a recipient of the 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for pioneering research on the Wnt pathway, one of the crucial intercellular signaling systems in development, cancer and stem cell biology.

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    The mathematics of weight loss | Ruben Meerman | TEDxQUT

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    This is the edited version of The Mathematics of Weight Loss presented by Ruben Meerman.

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    BBC - History of Indian Mathematics Part-1 of 2

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    Marcus du Sautoy looks at the contribution of Ancient Indians like Aryabhata, Brahmagupta, Bhaskara, Madhava, etc in the field of Mathematics.

    Programme: BBC - The Story of Maths
    Presenter: Marcus du Sautoy

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    How Do We Develop the Next Generation of Mathematicians and Scientists?

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    BEAM asks itself, what do most scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and programmers do growing up? and then, how can we bring those same opportunities to underserved students? BEAM then creates a series of experiences for students in grades 6-12: a 6th grade summer program in New York City; a 7th grade residential summer program on a college campus; and advising from 8th-12th grade to help students attend great high schools, pass algebra in 8th grade, access other enrichment programs, and ultimately go to a great college. Through its work, BEAM helps to diversify other enrichment programs and gives students a realistic chance at the career of their dreams.

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    2015 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony: Seth MacFarlane Closes Show, Carl Sagan Tribute, Ovation

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    The 2015 Breakthrough Prize ceremony was held on November 9, 2014 at NASA’s Hangar 1 in Mountain View, California. Host Seth MacFarlane was joined by actors Kate Beckinsale, Cameron Diaz, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jon Hamm and Eddie Redmayne, who presented the Breakthrough Prizes alongside Silicon Valley's Dick Costolo, Laurene Jobs, Elon Musk, Anne Wojcicki, Sergey Brin, Mark Zuckerberg and Yuri Milner. The event was produced by Vanity Fair and Don Mischer Productions.

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    2016 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony: John Hardy, Anne Wojcicki, Sergey Brin

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    The 2016 Breakthrough Prize ceremony was held November 8, 2015 at NASA’s Hangar 1 in Mountain View, California. Host Seth MacFarlane was joined by Christina Aguilera, Russell Crowe, Kate Hudson, Hilary Swank, Lily Collins, Thomas Middleditch and Martin Starr, who presented the Breakthrough Prizes alongside Silicon Valley's Sundar Pinchai, Drew Houston, Jan Koum, and prize founders Anne Wojcicki, Sergey Brin, Mark Zuckerberg, Yuri Milner and Jack Ma from China. During the show, Pharrell Williams performed “Freedom” before an audience that included leading figures from the worlds of technology, business, entertainment and academia. The event was produced by Vanity Fair and Don Mischer Productions. The show was broadcast live on National Geographic channel and later on Fox and National Geographic channels worldwide.

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    Professor Leo Kadanoff, a great theoretical physicist

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    Professor Leo P. Kadanoff won the award for inventing conceptual tools that reveal the deep implications of scale invariance on the behavior of phase transitions and dynamical systems.

    He works at the University of Chicago and presented the Newton Lecture at the Institute of Physics in London.

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    Interview at CIRM : Maria Chudnovsky

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    Maria Chudnovsky is a professor in the department of mathematics at Princeton University. She grew up in Russia and Israel, studying at the Technion and received her Ph.D. in 2003 from Princeton under the supervision of Paul Seymour. She moved to Columbia after being a Clay Mathematics Institute research fellow and assistant professor at Princeton. Chudnovsky's contributions to graph theory include the proof of the strong perfect graph theorem with Robertson, Seymour and Thomas characterizing perfect graphs as being exactly the graphs with no odd induced cycles of length at least 5 or their complements. Other research contributions of Chudnovsky include co-authorship of the first polynomial time algorithm for recognizing perfect graphs and of a structural characterization of the claw-free graphs.

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    Huda Zoghbi, 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences

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    Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigator Huda Zoghbi of Baylor College of Medicine was awarded a 2017 Breakthrough Prize in the Life Sciences for discoveries of the genetic causes and biochemical mechanisms of spinocerebellar ataxia and Rett syndrome, findings that have provided insight into the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative and neurological diseases.

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    2016 Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics Awarded to Kip Thorne and Rainer Weiss

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    December 5, 2016 - NAS members Kip Thorne and Rainer Weiss were awarded the 2016 Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics in May 2016 for their detection of gravitational waves, opening new horizons in astronomy and physics for their work on LIGO.

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    The Forgotten Knowledge of Soviet Science | Maya Todua | TEDxTbilisi

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    What is the connection between the atmosphere and earthquakes? Atmospheric physicist Maya Todua is working to revive promising research on this question conducted in Soviet-era Georgia that could help one day to predict earthquakes and save many lives.

    Maya Todua has been passionate about astronomy and the space-earth connection since she was a child growing up in Sukhumi, Abkhazia. Today she is an astronomer specializing in atmospheric physics and solar-terrestrial coupling. She heads Georgia's Abastubani Astrophysical Observatory, the former Soviet Union's first mountain observatory, where scientists have been working on observational and theoretical solar physics as well as numerical fluid dynamics since 1932.

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    2017 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony: Priscilla Chan, will.i.am, Breakthrough Junior Challenge Winners

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    The 2017 Breakthrough Prize ceremony was held on December 4, 2016 at NASA’s Hangar 1 in Mountain View, California. Host Morgan Freeman was joined by Vin Diesel, Alicia Keys, Kevin Durant, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Alex Rodriguez, will.i.am and astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly, who presented the Breakthrough Prizes alongside technologists Daniel Ek, Hiroshi Mikitani, Sundar Pichai and Susan Wojcicki and prize founders Pricilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, and Yuri Milner. Alicia Keys performed the song “More Than We Know” from her new album “Here.” The event was produced by Vanity Fair and Don Mischer Productions. The show was broadcast live on National Geographic channel and later on Fox and National Geographic channels worldwide.

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    2017 Breakthrough Prize In Life Sciences Awarded to Harry Noller

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    December 5, 2016 - NAS member Harry F. Noller was awarded the 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. Harry Noller is Director of the Center for Molecular Biology of RNA, Robert L. Sinsheimer Professor of Molecular Biology and Professor Emeritus of MCD Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He was awarded the Prize for discovering the centrality of RNA in forming the active centers of the ribosome, the fundamental machinery of protein synthesis in all cells, thereby connecting modern biology to the origin of life and also explaining how many natural antibiotics disrupt protein synthesis.


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    2015 Math Panel with Donaldson, Kontsevich, Lurie, Tao, Taylor, Milner

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    The 2015 Breakthrough Prize Symposium was held November 10, 2014 at Stanford University and co-hosted by UC-San Francisco and UC-Berkeley. The daylong event included talks and panels featuring Breakthrough Prize laureates in Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics, as well as other distinguished guests.



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    Are mathematicians creative?

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    Is doing research in mathematics a creative process? When mathematicians talk of their subject as beautiful, what do they mean? What are their motivations? Their dreams? Their disappointments?

    Produced by Chrystal Cherniwchan, Azita Ghassemi and Prof. Jon Keating, this film is part of the Mathematical Ethnographies Project (2009). The focus is not on mathematics, but on the people who create and teach mathematics - on mathematicians.

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    Tools for mapping and fixing the brain, Prof. Edward Boyden

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    31 March 2015, SwissTech Convention Center, Lausanne, Switzerland

    Website: thebrainforum.org

    Edward Boyden (Associate Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA) contributed significantly to the field of optogenetics - a breakthrough technology that allows the activation and silencing of neuronal cells using light. His laboratory also produced microfabricated neural interfaces that enable control and readout of neural activity in the living brain.

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    Prof. Edward Boyden is an Associate Professor of Biological Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences, at the MIT Media Lab and the MIT McGovern Institute. As a Professor with the MIT Media Lab, he leads the Synthetic Neurobiology Group, which develops tools for analyzing and engineering the circuits of the brain. These technologies, created often in interdisciplinary collaborations, include 'optogenetic' tools, which enable the activation and silencing of neural circuit elements with light, 3-D microfabricated neural interfaces that enable control and readout of neural activity, and robotic methods for automatically recording intracellular neural activity and performing single-cell analyses in the living brain. He has launched an award-winning series of classes at MIT that teach principles of neuroengineering, starting with basic principles of how to control and observe neural functions, and culminating with strategies for launching companies in the nascent neurotechnology space. He also co-directs the MIT Center for Neurobiological Engineering, which aims to develop new tools to accelerate neuroscience progress.

    Amongst other recognitions, he has received the Jacob Heskel Gabbay Award (2013), the Grete Lundbeck European Brain Prize, the largest brain research prize in the world (2013), the Perl/UNC Neuroscience Prize (2011), the A F Harvey Prize (2011), and the Society for Neuroscience Research Award for Innovation in Neuroscience (RAIN) Prize (2007). He has also received the NIH Director's Pioneer Award (2013), the NIH Director's Transformative Research Award (twice, 2012 and 2013), and the NIH Director's New Innovator Award (2007), as well as the New York Stem Cell Foundation-Robertson Investigator Award (2011) and the Paul Allen Distinguished Investigator Award in Neuroscience (2010). He was named to the World Economic Forum Young Scientist list (2013), the Wired Smart List 50 People Who Will Change the World (2012), the Technology Review World's Top 35 Innovators under Age 35 list (2006), and his work was included in Nature Methods Method of the Year in 2010.

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    tao

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    tao wins fields medal

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    Introduction to Higher Mathematics - Lecture 1: Problem Solving 101

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    Welcome to Introduction to Higher Mathematics! In this video you'll see what this course will entail. You'll also learn about some problem solving techniques that will come in handy throughout the course.

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    What if mathematics is the answer for progress? | Eugenia Cheng | TEDxVienna

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    Mathematics is easy and fun to understand. Wait, what? Experience how playing the piano can help you understand the complexity of mathematics.

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    Eugenia is a pure mathematician, concert pianist and author of Cakes, Custard and Category Theory. She is Scientist In Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her math YouTube videos have around a million views.


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    Mathematics that cures us | Marie E. Rognes | TEDxOslo

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    How does someone use mathematics to create future solutions for medical diagnostics and treatment? Marie E. Rognes research focuses on developing mathematical models and computer algorithms to better understand human health and disease.

    Her research focuses on developing mathematical models and computer algorithms to better understand human health and disease. Rognes won the prestigious 2015 Wilkinson Prize for Numerical Software, and was awarded a 2016 European Research Council Starting Grant and a 2015 Young Research Talents Grant.

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    Growing Pains of a Teenage Genius

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    BBC Documentary about Cameron Thompson

    Since the documentary was made, Cameron did complete his degree (Age 15) and gained a 2.1 Honours Degree in Maths. He subsequently started his Masters degree (Age 16) and has successfully completed the first year.

    He attends a local college studying business and IT in order to improve his social skills.

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