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Notices of the American Mathematical Society

From the Editor

In this issue we honor Sir Andrew J. Wiles, prover of Fermat's Last Theorem, recipient of the 2016 Abel Prize, and star of the NOVA video The Proof. We've got the official interview, reprinted from the newsletter of our friends in the European Mathematical Society; "Andrew Wiles's Marvelous Proof" by Henri Darmon; and a collection of articles on "The Mathematical Works of Andrew Wiles" assembled by guest editor Christopher Skinner. We welcome the new AMS president, Ken Ribet (another star of The Proof). Marcelo Viana, Director of IMPA in Rio, describes "Math in Brazil" on the eve of the upcoming IMO and ICM. For Women's History Month we've got the story of Joan Clarke, an under-recognized English code-breaker during World War II, who like Alan Turing worked on the Enigma Project. To fend off spring fever, read the Notices, submit an article or an item for the BackPage, participate in the commentary on the webpage, and send in some Letters to the Editor. —Frank Morgan, Editor-in-Chief

Ad Honorem Sir Andrew J. Wiles

Contributions by Christopher Skinner, Martin Raussen, Christian Skau, Henri Darmon, Jack Thorne, Karl Rubin, Barry Mazur, Mirela Ciperiani, and Chandrashekhar Khare


From the AMS Secretary


Graduate Students

March 2017
Volume 64 · Issue 03

Bartel Leendert van der Waerden

The March 1997 issue carried three articles about the life and work of the Dutch mathematician Bartel Leendert van der Waerden (1903-1996): An interview with van der Waerden, conducted by Yvonne Dold Samplonius; an article by Saunders Mac Lanea, about der Waerden's classic book Modern Algebra; and "Interview with Bartel Leendert van der Waerden" a reprint of van der Waerden's 1972 article, "From Matrix Mechanics and Wave Mechanics to Unified Quantum Mechanics."