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Five superstars win ‘math’s Nobel Prize’

Today, researchers studying game theory, infinite equations, and dynamical systems—and another who is “rewriting” arithmetic—received the world’s most prestigious awards in math and theoretical computer science: the Fields Medals and the Nevanlinna Prize, Quanta Magazine reports. Mathematician Peter Scholze, a 30-year-old who “has changed the face” of arithmetic geometry (above), was honored for his work using shapes to solve polynomial equations. Mathematicians Caucher Birkar, Alessio Figalli, and Ashkay Venkatesh were recognized for their work in polynomial equations, optimal transport, and dynamical systems, respectively. Computer scientist Constantinos Daskalakis won the Nevanlinna Prize by using computational theory to analyze core questions in economics like how rational players behave in games and markets.

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