Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics 2014

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    Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics 2014

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    Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics 2014 recipients talking about mathematics

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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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    Breakthrough Prizes 2016 : $25 Million Given in Science and Math

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    The Breakthrough Prize - 2016 breakthrough prize ceremony: ryan chester, priscilla chan, sal khan.

    elon musk delivers the breakthrough prize award (2014. 2015 breakthrough prize: cumberbatch, zuckerberg, tao, taylor, donaldson, lurie, kontsevich.

    the 2016 breakthrough prize ceremony was held november 8 2015 at nasa’s hangar 1 in mountain view california.
    the 2016 breakthrough prize symposium is co-hosted by uc berkeley uc san francisco stanford and the breakthrough prize foundation.
    scientists should be celebrated as heroes and we are honored to be part of today's celebration of the newest winners of the breakthrough prize in life sciences and the fundamental physics prize said anne wojcicki and sergey brin...
    the breakthrough prize awards 2014. the 2015 breakthrough prize ceremony was held on november 9 2014 at nasa’s hangar 1 in mountain view california. this daylong event includes talks and panels featuring breakthrough prize laureates in fundamental physics life sciences and mathematics as well as other distinguished guests.

    2016 breakthrough prize symposium, fundamental physics: the future of particle physics. december 12 2013 (san francisco) - the names of the 2014 breakthrough prize winners in fundamental physics and life sciences were unveiled at an exclusive ceremony at the nasa ames research center mountain view ca.
    zuckerberg's breakthrough prizes. berkeley mathematician ian agol wins breakthrough prize.
    the daylong event included talks and panels featuring breakthrough prize laureates in fundamental physics life sciences and mathematics as well as other distinguished guests.
    2016 breakthrough prize ceremony highlights.

    uc berkeley mathematician ian agol is among the 2016 breakthrough prize recipients.

    elon musk and actress kate beckinsale deliver the breakthrough prize award 2015 to scientists victor ambros and gary ruvkun for the co-discovery of microrna - transformative advances toward understanding living systems and extending human life...
    the 2015 breakthrough prize symposium was held november 10 2014 at stanford university and co-hosted by uc-san francisco and uc-berkeley.

    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).

    2015 breakthrough prize ceremony: seth macfarlane opening monologue.
    2016 breakthrough prize symposium: mathematical horizons ii.
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    Jacob Lurie: 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics Symposium

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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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    Terence Tao: 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics Symposium

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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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    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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    Richard Taylor: 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics Symposium

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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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    Maxim Kontsevich: 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics Symposium

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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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    2015 Breakthrough Prize Symposium Welcome Panel

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    Part 2 of the Welcome Panel for the 2015 Breakthrough Prize Symposium was hosted by Fred Guterl, Executive Editor, Scientific American, and included Terence Tao, Saul Perlmutter, Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier.

    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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    Simon Donaldson: 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics Symposium

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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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    2014 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony: Milner, Zuckerberg Announce Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics

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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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    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.
    Video provided by National Geographic Channel.
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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.

    This video was created by National Geographic and The Breakthrough Prize.

    You can learn more about his work at

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    Nima Arkani-Hamed: 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics Symposium

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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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    Mark Zuckerberg, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cameron Diaz Attend 2015 Breakthrough Prizes

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    bayareahq.com Check out interviews and footage from the Red Carpet at NASA Ames at the 2nd Annual Breakthrough Prize Awards. Every year, the event celebrates and rewards the scientists who have achieved breakthrough discoveries in life sciences, physics and mathematics. These people have helped us gain insights into humanity and the universe around us that will help us cure diseases, improve our lives and push society forward. Watch Cameron Diaz, Mark Zuckerberg, Kate Beckinsale, Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch, Gavin Newsom, Yuri Milner, Thomas Keller, & Gary Ruvkin during the arrivals.

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    2016 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony Highlights

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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, 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.on Fox and National Geographic channels worldwide.

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    Joseph Polchinski: 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics Symposium

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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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    Nathan Seiberg: 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics Symposium

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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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    Alexei Kitaev: 2015 Breakthrough Prize Fundamental Physics Symposium

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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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    2015 Breakthrough Prize Symposium Welcome Panel

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    Part 1 of the Welcome Panel for the 2015 Breakthrough Prize Symposium was hosted by Fred Guterl, Executive Editor, Scientific American, and included John Hennessy, President, Stanford University, Sam Hawgood, Chancellor, University of California, San Francisco, and Graham Fleming, Vice Chancellor for Research, University of California, Berkeley.


    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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    Ian Agol: 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics Symposium

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    The 2016 Breakthrough Prize Symposium was held November 9, 2015 at UC Berkeley and co-hosted by UC San Francisco and Stanford University. 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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    James Allison: 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Symposium

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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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    Michael Hall: 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Symposium

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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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    The Breakthrough Prize Awards 2014

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    December 12, 2013 (San Francisco) - The names of the 2014 Breakthrough Prize winners in Fundamental Physics and Life Sciences were unveiled at an exclusive ceremony at the NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, CA. At a total awarded amount of $21 million, sponsored by Sergey Brin & Anne Wojcicki, Jack Ma & Cathy Zhang, Yuri & Julia Milner and Mark Zuckerberg & Priscilla Chan, the prizes aim to celebrate scientists and generate excitement about the pursuit of science as a career.

    The Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics recognizes transformative achievements in the field of fundamental physics, with a special focus on recent developments. The 2014 winners are:

    · Michael B. Green, University of Cambridge, and John H. Schwarz, California Institute of Technology, for opening new perspectives on quantum gravity and the unification of forces.

    The Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences recognizes excellence in research aimed at curing intractable diseases and extending human life. The 2014 recipients are:

    · James Allison, MD Anderson Cancer Center for the discovery of T cell checkpoint blockade as effective cancer therapy.

    · Mahlon DeLong, Emory University for defining the interlocking circuits in the brain that malfunction in Parkinson's disease. This scientific foundation underlies the circuit-based treatment of Parkinson's disease by deep brain stimulation.

    · Michael Hall, University of Basel for the discovery of Target of Rapamycin (TOR) and its role in cell growth control.

    · Robert Langer, David H. Koch Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for discoveries leading to the development of controlled drug-release systems and new biomaterials.

    · Richard Lifton, Yale University; Howard Hughes Medical Institute for the discovery of genes and biochemical mechanisms that cause hypertension.

    · Alexander Varshavsky, California Institute of Technology for discovering critical molecular determinants and biological functions of intracellular protein degradation.

    Scientists should be celebrated as heroes, and we are honored to be part of today's celebration of the newest winners of the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences and the Fundamental Physics Prize, said Anne Wojcicki and Sergey Brin.

    The prize ceremony was hosted by actor Kevin Spacey, and awards were presented by the Prize sponsors and by celebrities including Conan O'Brien, Glenn Close, Rob Lowe and Michael C. Hall. The event was organized in cooperation with Vanity Fair and produced and directed by Don Mischer, the producer and director of the Academy Awards, among other television and live events. Grammy-nominated singer Lana Del Ray performed live for the guests of the ceremony.

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    Stephen Shenker: 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics Symposium

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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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    Richard Lifton: 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Symposium

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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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    Andrei Linde: 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics Symposium

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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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    Juan Maldacena: 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics Symposium

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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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    2016 Breakthrough Prize Symposium: Mathematical Horizons II

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    1:10pm-3:10pm @ David Brower Center, Kinzie Room

    Mathematical Horizons II

    Chair: David Eisenbud (UC Berkeley)

    Featuring talks by:
    1. The 2016 Laureate -- Title to be announced
    2. David Nadler -- Back in Black: Geometry's Payment Plan to Number Theory
    3. George Lakoff -- The Brain's Mathematics: The Cognitive and Neural Foundations of Mathematics

    The 2016 Breakthrough Prize Symposium is co-hosted by UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco, Stanford, and the Breakthrough Prize Foundation. This daylong event includes talks and panels featuring Breakthrough Prize laureates in Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics, as well as other distinguished guests. For more details on the day's activities please visit:

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    Uros Seljak: 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics Symposium

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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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    John Preskill: 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics Symposium

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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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    Patrick Hayden: 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics Symposium

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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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    Breakthrough Junior Challenge - Sal and Priscilla

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    Register now at breakthroughjuniorchallenge.org.

    The Breakthrough Junior Challenge is presented by Breakthrough Prize and Khan Academy.org

    Submit a video (max 10 minutes) that explains a challenging and important concept or theory in mathematics, life sciences, or physics and you could win a $250,000 scholarship - with $50,000 for your teacher, and a state-of-the-art $100,000 Breakthrough Science Lab for your school.

    The winner will also be invited to the televised red carpet 2016 Breakthrough Prize ceremony where the prize will be awarded, and they can meet today’s superstars of science in Silicon Valley and Hollywood.

    The deadline for submissions is October 7, 2015.

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    Mahlon DeLong: 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Symposium

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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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    Alexander Varshavsky: 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Symposium

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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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    Breakthrough Prize winner Michael Hall talks real importance of science

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    Michael Hall, of the University of Basel, won a 2014 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics and Life Sciences for the discovery of Target of Rapamycin (TOR) and its role in cell growth control. In this CBS This Morning web extra, he discusses the prize and the intention behind it.

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    Breakthrough Prize 2015 winners include tops in science, math and physics

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    The Breakthrough Prizes | Mon Jan 27 9/8c on Science Channel!

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    Science and celebrity collide as A-list celebrities and tech giants celebrate the year's best achievements. Don't miss THE BREAKTHROUGH PRIZES - Monday, January 27 9/8c on Science Channel! | For more, visit

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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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    Lauren Williams: 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics Symposium

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    The 2016 Breakthrough Prize Symposium was held November 9, 2015 at UC Berkeley and co-hosted by UC San Francisco and Stanford University. 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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    Finalist 2015 Breakthrough Junior Challenge: Shaun Regenbaum

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    The Breakthrough Junior Challenge is an annual competition for students, ages 13-18, to share their passion for math and science with the world! In partnership with the Khan Academy, each student submits a video (max 5 minutes) that explains a challenging and important concept or theory in mathematics, life sciences, or physics. The winner will get a $250,000 college scholarship. The winning student's teacher and school will also benefit: $50,000 for the teacher and a state-of-the-art $100,000 science lab for the school.

    Learn more at

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    2015 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony: Seth MacFarlane Opening Monologue

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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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    Pulling back the curtain: Terence Tao on mathematics in the Internet age

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    2015 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics winner Terence Tao talks about how online collaboration is supercharging math and science, including the Polymath project that led to his solution of the famous Erdős discrepancy problem.

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    2016 Breakthrough Prize Symposium: Mathematical Horizons I

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    11am-12:20pm @ David Brower Center, Kinzie Room

    Mathematical Horizons I

    Chair: David Eisenbud (UC Berkeley)

    Featuring talks by:
    1. Sourav Chatterjee -- Nonlinear large deviations
    2. Lauren Williams -- Combinatorics of hopping particles and orthogonal polynomials

    The 2016 Breakthrough Prize Symposium is co-hosted by UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco, Stanford, and the Breakthrough Prize Foundation. This daylong event includes talks and panels featuring Breakthrough Prize laureates in Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics, as well as other distinguished guests. For more details on the day's activities please visit:

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    2017 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony Highlights

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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 Pinchai 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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    2015 Physics Panel with Brian P. Schmidt, Adam Riess, Saul Perlmutter, Yuri 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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    Mark Zuckerberg, Kevin Spacey Attend 2014 Breakthrough Prizes

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    It was a star studded affair at the 2014 Breakthrough Prize event in Mountain View, CA on Thursday (December 12).

    Known as the Oscars of the science awards, Google co-founder Sergey Brin, venture capitalist Yuri Milner and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg teamed up to award innovative scientists a total of $21 million.

    Really the scientists here have no parallel and the kinds of things that we consider high risk and high impact entrepreneurially are but a tiny fragment of what they do, said Brin.

    The tech titans were joined by celebrities like Kevin Spacey and Glenn Close to present the prize winners with awards given out to fields in fundamental physics and life sciences with a focus in curing intractable diseases and extending human life.

    I had a wonderful biology 101 professor in college at William & Mary and that kept me curious for the rest of my life, said Close. It inspired me and it still does.

    The Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics and Life Sciences were founded to honor scientists and promote science interest among young people.

    The event will be broadcast on the Science Channel on January 27.

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    George Lakoff: 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics Symposium

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    The 2016 Breakthrough Prize Symposium was held November 9, 2015 at UC Berkeley and co-hosted by UC San Francisco and Stanford University. 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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    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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    Finalist 2015 Breakthrough Junior Challenge: Nicholas Morgan

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    The Breakthrough Junior Challenge is an annual competition for students, ages 13-18, to share their passion for math and science with the world! In partnership with the Khan Academy, each student submits a video (max 5 minutes) that explains a challenging and important concept or theory in mathematics, life sciences, or physics. The winner will get a $250,000 college scholarship. The winning student's teacher and school will also benefit: $50,000 for the teacher and a state-of-the-art $100,000 science lab for the school.

    Learn more at

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