Mathematical Digest

Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

Stories about first Abel Prize Awarded to Jean-Pierre Serre:
"Awards", in Science, 11 April 2003;
"Life's work adds up to prize for maths master," News in Brief, Nature, 10 April 2003;
"New Prize in Mathematics Goes to Professor Emeritus at College of France The Chronicle of Higher Education, 4 April 2003.

These articles report on the first awarding of the Abel Prize, intended to be the "Nobel Prize of Mathematics". Officially, there is no Nobel in mathematics, though sometimes mathematical work has been honored by Nobels in physics or economics. Jean-Pierre Serre of the Collège de France was chosen to receive the Abel Prize, which carries a monetary award of about US$825,000. The prize is given by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

--- Allyn Jackson