Mathematical Digest

Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"Will Abel prize for maths rival the Nobels?," by Stephen Battersby. New Scientist, 7 June 2003, page12.

The Abel Prize, given for the first time in 2003, recognizes achievement inmathematics research and carries a prize purse of US$816,000. The hope is thatthe Abel Prize, which was established by the government of Norway, willeventually be viewed as on a par with the Nobel Prizes. There is no NobelPrize in mathematics; the Fields Medal is usually considered to be the topaward in the field. The 2003 Abel Prize was awarded to Jean-Pierre Serre.

--- Allyn Jackson