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A maths prize for packing balls News

by David, 21 July 2022 | 2 comments

Box bursting open with green balls spilling out.

Have you ever struggled to pack balls back into your toy box? The Fields Medal, one of the most famous prizes in mathematics, was recently announced. One of this year’s winners, Ukrainian mathematician Maryna Viazovska, is an expert in packing balls in boxes. But there’s a catch! Her findings work in 8 dimensions (D) and beyond.

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Winning at maths News

by David, 23 August 2018 | 0 comments

A gold disc or medal with a bearded man's portrait.

Time to celebrate! For only the second time ever, an Australian has won the most famous prize in mathematics – the Fields Medal. Let’s take a moment to celebrate the achievements of the winner, Akshay Venkatesh.

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Mixing things up! News

by David, 9 September 2014 | 0 comments

Mathematican Artur Avila

Blenders mix milk and chocolate topping. Cereal makers add sultanas and puffs to bran flakes. We all mix things every day, but we know surprisingly little about the mathematics of mixing. One of this year’s Fields Medallists is working to bridge this gap. Many people can shuffle cards, but Artur Avila can shuffle a line.

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