hi all havent written on misc math topics for quite awhile. was reminded of the area by the recent **fields medal award to Birkar** and the wild theft imbroglio.**[a13-15]**

these are a collection of fascinating/ fun links.

highlights for me: **wiles abel prize**.**[a11] **but do think its a real pity it took ~**2½ decades** to award! *ouch! *alas, it shows how conservative prize committees are. it seemingly wasnt awarded until they were convinced his heroic effort had more applications in math and could be built on by others. to me solving a **3½ century** open math problem eluding the worlds greatest mathematicians of ages deserves a large prize in a short amt of time, but this also reflects some of the larger math community conservativism: eg Collatz is open ¾ century but is not taken that seriously by mathematicians at large. gauss wrote evasively about FLT centuries ago and one might say the semi-stigma never went away…

my favorite area is **auto thm proving** and theres misc developments in the area, but alas nothing earthshaking as hoped and not even much of a discernable increase in momentum.**[e]** but, have learned to be very patient in this area and think fortunes will change. esp notable was the **Yedidia-Aaronson** paper on constructing a small **Turing Machine** that verifies ZFC very similar/ related to some of my own research into TM compilers.**[e7][e8]**

the **abc conjecture** resolution complexity seems to have gone on several years now with no end in sight and is a bit scandalous, now rather singular in the history of math.**[b]** to me it shows partly how complex modern math has become where new deep results may span hundreds of pages. as noted numerous times in this blog over the years there are a lot of analogies between math and computer code and that seems to be tightening in the 21st century. the ongoing abc work is sort of the “mother of all code reviews”. have also said here “math is like algorithms that run in human brains”.

deep links between the **riemann conjecture and physics** are very intriguing, feel like someone really should write a book on this or at least a huge survey.**[c]** there are other connections that show up.**[d] **have blogged on these yrs ago but it deserves another highlight.

there are a lot of inspiring profiles to read these days.**[f]** hadnt heard about **frenkels** colorful history and on being tipped off by him by some “edgy young dudes” in the SE physics/ math chat room (maybe ~**½ **fittingly one of them now banned for a year, RIP `0celo7`

); looked into his material, bought frenkels book, cant wait to read it.**[f2]** they may have snarkily quipped something about him being the worlds “only mathematician porn star”, maybe a new wild semi legendary story from our time added to the pantheon to tell instead of the Galois duel? has anyone seen his movie, what do you think? **[f2]**

so sad that **mirzakhani** died.**[f3]** as someone quipped in the math chat room the fields medal has not been award to “any living female mathematicians”. more on females in the field on **[i]** where there was a mini viral moment about the tone-deaf seminfamous **“Women in Math” poster** that probably blew up largely on reddit.

**a. breakthru/ awards/ prizes****b. abc****c. riemann****d. physics****e. auto thm proving****f. profiles****f2. frenkel****f3. mirzakhani****g. culture****h. math/ advances****i. women**

**a. breakthru/ awards/ prizes**

- 1. A Conceptual Breakthrough in Sphere Packing/ notices AMS
- 2. [1802.02428] An elementary conjecture which implies the Goldbach conjecture
- 3. A Classical Math Problem Gets Pulled Into the Modern World | Quanta Magazine
- 4. Mathematicians Awarded $3 Million for Cracking Century-Old Problem
- 5. Mathematicians Measure Infinities, and Find They’re Equal – Scientific American
- 6. Department of Computer Science – Research Project: The Social Machine of Mathematics
- 7. [1305.0900] Mathematical practice, crowdsourcing, and social machines
- 8. Marjorie Rice’s Secret Pentagons | Quanta Magazine
- 9. Pentagon Tiling Proof Solves Century-Old Math Problem | Quanta Magazine
- 10. Math Champion Wins With Answer About Pecking Chicks – The New York Times
- 11. AD HONOREM SIR ANDREW J. WILES/ notices AMS
- 12. Sixth Abel Conference: A Mathematical Celebration of Robert P. Langlands | Institute for Mathematics and its Applications
- 13. Fields Medal Is Stolen Minutes After It’s Given in Brazil – The New York Times
- 14. ‘Pathetic’ Fields Medal Theft Wasn’t Worth the Scam, Says Art Crime Expert | Inverse
- 15. “I’m more famous now than I would be”, jokes Birkar | ICM News
- 16. World’s most prestigious maths medal is stolen minutes after professor wins it | World news | The Guardian

**b. abc**

- 1. Notes on the Oxford IUT workshop by Brian Conrad | mathbabe
- 2. Mathematician set to publish ABC proof almost no one understands | New Scientist
- 3. Latest on abc | Not Even Wrong
- 4. Monumental Proof to Torment Mathematicians for Years to Come | Not Even Wrong
- 5. Monumental proof to torment mathematicians for years to come : Nature News & Comment
- 6. Mathematicians finally starting to understand epic ABC proof | New Scientist
- 7. The 500-Page Proof That Only One Mathematician Can Understand – Motherboard
- 8. Mathematician set to publish ABC proof almost no one understands | New Scientist
- 9. REMARKS ON ASPECTS OF MODERN PIONEERING MATHEMATICAL RESEARCH IVAN FESENKO

**c. riemann**

- 1. eigenvalues eigenvectors – Riemann hypothesis: is Bender-Brody-Müller Hamiltonian a new line of attack? – Mathematics Stack Exchange
- 2. The Riemann Hypothesis, explained – Jørgen Veisdal – Medium
- 3. Visualizing the Riemann zeta function and analytic continuation – YouTube
- 4. Quasicrystals and the Riemann Hypothesis | The n-Category Café
- 5. Quantum physics sheds light on Riemann hypothesis | School of Mathematics | University of Bristol
- 6. Hilbert–Pólya conjecture – Wikipedia
- 7. From Prime Numbers to Nuclear Physics and Beyond | Institute for Advanced Study
- 8. [1101.3116] Physics of the Riemann Hypothesis
- 9. David Lyon The Physics of the Riemann Zeta function
- 10. Prime Numbers Get Hitched § SEEDMAGAZINE.COM
- 11. nt.number theory – Riemann Zeta Function connection to Quantum Mechanics. – MathOverflow

**d. physics**

- 1. Secret Link Uncovered Between Pure Math and Physics | Quanta Magazine
- 2. Number theory and physics – MathOverflow
- 3. In Mysterious Pattern, Math and Nature Converge | Quanta Magazine
- 4. ricci flow – The relations between the Perelman’s entropy functional and notions of entropy from statistical mechanics – MathOverflow
- 5. Perelman entropy | What’s new

**e. auto thm proving**

- 1. Machine-Checked Proof / Gross, AMS blogs
- 2. Mathematicians deliver formal proof of Kepler Conjecture | EurekAlert! Science News
- 3. Mathematicians deliver formal proof of Kepler Conjecture — ScienceDaily
- 4. HLF Blogs – Leslie Lamport thinks your proofs are bad | The Aperiodical
- 5. Vladimir Voevodsky, Fields Medalist, Dies at 51 | Institute for Advanced Study
- 6. How A Discovery About Coloring Maps Changed Mathematics Forever
- 7. [1605.04343] A Relatively Small Turing Machine Whose Behavior Is Independent of Set Theory
- 8. Shtetl-Optimized » Blog Archive » The 8000th Busy Beaver number eludes ZF set theory: new paper by Adam Yedidia and me

**f. profiles**

- 1. Fields Medalist Akshay Venkatesh Bridges Math and Time | Quanta Magazine
- 2. A Billionaire Mathematician’s Life of Ferocious Curiosity – The New York Times
- 3. Mathematician Sir Michael Atiyah hopes to prove himself again with new solution | News | The Times & The Sunday Times
- 4. Mathematician Federico Ardila Dances to the Joys and Sorrows of Discovery | Quanta Magazine
- 5. The Man Who Knew Infinity : A Report on the Movie/ notices AMS
- 6. “I plan to be a great mathematician”: An NFL Offensive Lineman Shows He’s One of Us/ notices AMS
- 7. My Search for Ramanujan/ notices AMS
- 8. A Path Less Taken to the Peak of the Math World | Quanta Magazine
- 9. ICM 2018 highlights: ‘What did you enjoy? What did you learn?’ | ICM News

**f2. frenkel**

- 1. Film – Edward Frenkel
- 2. Rites of Love and Math
- 3. Berkeley Math Prof Edward Frenkel Branches Out Into Erotic Film | HuffPost

**f3. mirzakhani**

- 1. Maryam Mirzakhani, Only Woman to Win a Fields Medal, Dies at 40 – The New York Times
- 2. With Snowflakes and Unicorns, Marina Ratner and Maryam Mirzakhani Explored a Universe in Motion – The New York Times

**g. culture**

- 1. The Travel Ban: Affected Mathematicians Tell Their Stories
- 2. What Does Active Learning Mean For Mathematicians? / notices AMS
- 3. Lessons from My Math Degree That Have Nothing to Do with Math
- 4. Why Mathematicians Like to Classify Things | Quanta Magazine
- 5. Birds and Frogs Freeman Dyson
- 6. Read-together math books for kids | Book Ends

**h. math/ advances**

- 1. Mathematicians Second-Guess Centuries-Old Fluid Equations | WIRED
- 2. Why buses always arrive together: Mathematician reveals the ‘bunching’ theory ruining travel plans | Daily Mail Online
- 3. An Interesting Pattern in the Prime Numbers: Parallax Compression | | Nova Spivack
- 4. [math/0211159] The entropy formula for the Ricci flow and its geometric applications
- 5. How to Build an Impossible Polyhedron
- 6. The Mathematics of Love/ notices AMS
- 7. Mathematicians Decode the Surprising Complexity of Cow Herds | WIRED
- 8. Nobody knows if there are infinitely many “twin primes”: primes that are 2 apart. But Viggo Brun proved the sum of the reciprocals of the twin primes converges : math

**i. women**

- 1. sleeps_with_crazy comments on As seen at BYU. #facepalm
- 2. nd_irish comments on As seen at BYU. #facepalm
- 3. As seen at BYU. #facepalm : math
- 4. College’s ‘Women In Math’ Panel Features Only Male Speakers | HuffPost
- 5. BYU math club responds to criticism of ‘Women in Math’ poster featuring all men | fox13now.com
- 6. University issues apology for ‘Women In Math’ flyer | Daily Mail Online

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