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How to Talk About the Fields Medal at Your Next Cocktail Party

The profile of Archimedes on the front of the Fields Medal Grigori Perelman did not accept. The medal was designed by Robert Tait McKenzie Image: Stefan Zachow.

On Wednesday, four mathematicians will receive the prestigious Fields Medal at the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) in Seoul. If you go to the kinds of parties I do, the Fields Medal will probably come up at the next party you attend, so here’s your guide for conversing about the medal with aplomb. First, a [...]

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