Fields Medallists' Lectures

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World Scientific, 1997 - Mathematics - 632 pages
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Although the Fields Medal does not have the same public recognition as the Nobel Prizes, they share a similar intellectual standing. It is restricted to one field that of mathematics and an age limit of 40 has become an accepted tradition. Mathematics has in the main been interpreted as pure mathematics, and this is not so unreasonable since major contributions in some applied areas can be (and have been) recognized with Nobel Prizes. The restriction to 40 years is of marginal significance, since most mathematicians have made their mark long before this age.

A list of Fields Medallists and their contributions provides a bird's eye view of mathematics over the past 60 years. It highlights the areas in which, at various times, greatest progress has been made. This volume does not pretend to be comprehensive, nor is it a historical document. On the other hand, it presents contributions from 22 Fields Medallists and so provides a highly interesting and varied picture.

The contributions themselves represent the choice of the individual Medallists. In some cases the articles relate directly to the work for which the Fields Medals were awarded. In other cases new articles have been produced which relate to more current interests of the Medallists. This indicates that while Fields Medallists must be under 40 at the time of the award, their mathematical development goes well past this age. In fact the age limit of 40 was chosen so that young mathematicians would be encouraged in their future work.

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Contents

Autobiography
3
Kleinian Groups
10
K F ROTH
53
RTHOM
67
A BAKER
157
Problems
190
Biography
199
G A MARGULIS
263
4Manifold Topology
384
H FREEDMAN
405
Biographical Notice
411
S MORI
487
Biographical Notice
495
E WITTEN
511
Biographical Notice
521
J BOURGAIN
537

A CONNES
329
vue Spectral
340
W P THURSTON
373
S K DONALDSON
377
LIONS
555
On Some Recent Methods for Nonlinear Partial Differential
563
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