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2014 Fields Medal and Nevanlinna Prize Winners

A Grand Vision for the Impossible

Subhash Khot’s bold conjecture is helping mathematicians explore the precise limits of computation.

2014 Fields Medal and Nevanlinna Prize Winners

In Noisy Equations, One Who Heard Music

Martin Hairer was named a 2014 Fields medalist for an epic masterpiece in stochastic analysis that colleagues say “created a whole world.”

2014 Fields Medal and Nevanlinna Prize Winners

A Tenacious Explorer of Abstract Surfaces

Maryam Mirzakhani, who became the first woman Fields medalist for drawing deep connections between topology, geometry and dynamical systems, has died of cancer at the age of 40. This is our 2014 profile of her life and work.

2014 Fields Medal and Nevanlinna Prize Winners

A Brazilian Wunderkind Who Calms Chaos

Artur Avila’s solutions to ubiquitous problems in chaos theory have “changed the face of the field,” earning him Brazil’s first Fields Medal.

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2014 Fields Medal and Nevanlinna Prize Winners

The Musical, Magical Number Theorist

The search for artistic truth and beauty has led Manjul Bhargava to some of the most profound recent discoveries in number theory, which have helped earn him the Fields Medal.


As Animals Mingle, a Baffling Genetic Barrier

Despite swapping DNA through interbreeding, butterflies and other animals can maintain distinct species.


Where Animals Come From

Bacteria may have helped single-celled organisms make the leap to multicellular animals.

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In Search of Dark Stars

Katherine Freese, a physicist who will soon lead the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, reflects on the hunt for dark matter and how dark matter heating may have produced the first stars.


The New Science of Evolutionary Forecasting

Newly discovered patterns in evolution may help scientists make accurate short-term predictions.