Mathematical Digest

Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"French Mathematician Wins Crafoord Prize." Science, 2 February 2001, page 823.

Alain Connes, a Professor at Collège de France and Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques, has been awarded this year's half-million-dollar Crafoord Prize. The Crafoord Prize pays tribute to fields not covered by the Nobel Prizes. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences recently announced the prize and cited Connes for his work on the theory of operator algebras and his role as founder of the new field of noncommutative geometry. The new tools he has created can be used in theoretical physics and in work on the yet unsolved problem, the Riemann hypothosis.

---Annette Emerson