Congratulations to Jean Bourgain, Winner of the 2017 Breakthrough Prize for Mathematics


Jean Bourgain

Congratulations to Jean Bourgain, an editor of Duke Mathematical Journal, winner of the 2017 Breakthrough Prize for Mathematics. The prize honors the world’s best mathematicians who have contributed to major advances in the field. The Breakthrough Foundation, founded in 2012, rewards physicists, life scientists, and mathematicians for their work on cutting edge research.

Bourgain, a mathematician at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University, was awarded the prize for multiple transformative contributions to analysis, combinatorics, partial differential equations, high-dimensional geometry, and number theory. From the New York Times:

Some recent work includes a “decoupling theorem” — a sort of very abstract generalization of the Pythagorean theorem applied to oscillating waves like light or radio waves. While Pythagoras merely showed how the length of the two shorter sides of a right triangle are related to the longer hypotenuse, the decoupling theorem proven by Dr. Bourgain and Ciprian Demeter of Indiana University shows similar relationships in the superposition of waves.

Dr. Bourgain’s work published in Duke Mathematical Journal and several other journals is available on Project Euclid.

In addition to the Breakthrough Prizes, several authors have won New Horizons Prizes, $100,000 awards in physics and mathematics. The New Horizons mathematics winners include Mohammed Abouzaid of Columbia University, Hugo Duminil-Copin of the University of Geneva, and Geordie Williamson of Kyoto University. Please visit Project Euclid to find articles by these award-winners.

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