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post Mar 27 2007, 03:11 PM
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Abel Prize, First Indian Winner


Congrats !!! great news for everyone out here.
Prof. Srinivasa S R Varadhan, currently teaches at New York University's Courant Institute of
Mathematical Sciences, has been awarded the prestigious Abel Prize for the year 2007 for his
contribution to mathematics. He is an alumni of ISI, Calcutta, a pretigious Institute in the fields
of Mathematics and Statistics.
"for his fundamental contributions to probability theory and in particular for creating
a unified theory of large deviation".


He says:
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"You know they don't tell you in advance that you're even in the running or a candidate for it.
So they call at 6 AM from Europe and wake you up and tell you that you've received this award."


"I come from south India, and Ramanujan's name is extremely well known there. Even in high school our
teachers talked about him, as somebody from a different generation of course, but who reached exalted
heights. He was a role model for me."


"Most of bright students are attracted towards IITs and technological institutions because that's the career
path their parents want and that's the career path they think they want. And so a whole top level is lost already
for pure math and basic sciences."


The prize money amounts to $8,50,000.

The Abel Prize is awarded annually by the King of Norway to outstanding mathematicians. In 2001 the
government of Norway announced that the bicentennial of Norwegian mathematician Niels Henrik Abel's
birth (which was 1802) would mark the commencement of a new prize for mathematicians, named after
Abel.

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Here is his interview on CNNIBN:

http://www.ibnlive.com/news/sci-tech/03_20...rize-37047.html

Courtesy: CNNIBN, WIKIPEDIA

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He looks like someone who lives in a box begging from strangers. The truth is hardly less downbeat:
unemployed Grigori Perelman (right) lives in penury with his mum in a St Petersburg flat.

Yet Dr Perelman is the latest star to adorn the firmament of celebrity. At lunchtime today, it was announced
that he had declined the Fields Medal, the 'Nobel Prize' of mathematics. Dr Perelman is a shoo-in for the $1m
reward, awarded by the American financier and maths enthusiast Landon Clay, for solving a century-old
problem known as the Poincare Conjecture.


Will the champagne lifestyle go to Dr Perelman's not insubstantial head? Will he reveal top tips on topology to
a wide-eyed reporter from Hello? Unlikely. Few expected him to turn up to today's award ceremony in Madrid.
As for the $1m reward, he seems to find this as thrilling as the prospect of talking to the media. As he told
one reporter: "I do not believe anything I say can be of the slightest public interest."

It is a statement that reveals Dr Perelman to be that most elusive of people, a genuine celebrity with no
interest in celebrity life.

While luvvies, cooks and cokeheads line up to share their views on everything from Aids to Zimbabwe, Dr
Perelman seeks only to be left in peace. While fat cat bosses of failing companies award themselves
million-dollar bonuses, Dr Perelman is content with a hard job well done. He is not alone. Tim Berners Lee,
inventor of the World Wide Web, is one of many who chose to keep their brilliant lights under bushels.

We should all celebrate the paradox that Dr Perelman's failure to appear today is glorious proof that such
people still exist.

Grigori Perelman, the genius.
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What did he solve ?

The problem solved by Dr Grigori Perelman will make anyone who last did maths at school feel glad to have
quit when they did.
First identified by the eponymous French mathematician in 1904, the Poincare Conjecture states that every
simply connected closed 3-manifold is homeomorphic to a 3-sphere.
For all its comprehensibility, it is a
statement that might as well be in Chinese. It is even worse than algebra: where are "x", "y" and the equals
sign?

But to mathematicians, it captures the essence of a problem that has long blocked their path towards
understanding the concept of shape.
While we all think we know when something is flat or curved, square or round, mathematicians always
demand something far more rigorous in this case, a set of rules that will infallibly reveal the true nature
of any given surface.

Around a century ago, Poincare believed he had found such a rule. It centred on the behaviour of an
imaginary loop sitting somewhere on a sphere. If such a loop starts to shrink, it will always end up as single
point. In contrast, if it is draped round the ring of a doughnut, it would only shrink so far before falling down
the hole in the middle - thus proving a doughnut is not a sphere.


Poincare suspected his loop test would always reveal if a given surface is spherical. But while it obviously
worked with the two-dimensional surfaces of balls in our world, he couldn't prove it would for balls with
three-dimensional surfaces, known technically as 3-spheres.

Poincare's idea remained a conjecture - a polite term for a guess - for decades. Mathematicians only started
to think it was even plausible in the late 1970s, and only now has Dr Perelman proved it for sure.

Henri Poincare, the great.
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