tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-264226589944705290.post2540740121754683530..comments2023-03-21T03:15:56.988-07:00Comments on God Plays Dice: Fields medal birthdate quirk?Michael Lugohttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15671307315028242949noreply@blogger.comBlogger6125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-264226589944705290.post-36247514397673464842009-10-12T14:43:08.284-07:002009-10-12T14:43:08.284-07:00I would consider the Abel price more prestigious. ...I would consider the Abel price more prestigious. It gives more money and it is usually given to old people based on their full trajectory.luisitohttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01120191848575299575noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-264226589944705290.post-65064228228313413572009-02-07T16:57:00.000-08:002009-02-07T16:57:00.000-08:00Jack: do you know of any *more* prestigious awards...Jack: do you know of any *more* prestigious awards in math?Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-264226589944705290.post-28840241634656131282009-01-31T16:11:00.000-08:002009-01-31T16:11:00.000-08:00I don't see how the Fields Medal can be considered...I don't see how the Fields Medal can be considered the top prize in mathematics when it imposes an age requirement.I. J. Kennedyhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/04805435564360543720noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-264226589944705290.post-79392549440249964562009-01-28T16:50:00.000-08:002009-01-28T16:50:00.000-08:00There have been 48 Fields medalists. Nine were bo...There have been 48 Fields medalists. Nine were born in May.<BR/><BR/>The youngest (on January 1 of the award year) was Jean-Pierre Serre at 27.3; the oldest was Jean Bourgain at 39.84.<BR/><BR/>Twenty of the medalists were over 36, and so could not have gotten the medal next time. Their ages were: 36.44, 36.56, 36.59, 36.7, 37.01, 37.22, 37.28, 37.39, 37.53, 37.77, 38.09, 38.32, 38.35, 38.5, 38.73, 38.8, 38.85, 39.55, 39.7, 39.84. You be the judge, but that looks uniform enough to me (the average is 37.96).<BR/><BR/>Here are the other 18 ages, if you want to do any analysis: 27.3, 28.37, 28.7, 28.71, 30.37, 30.46, 30.86, 30.94, 31.43, 31.75, 31.79, 31.85, 32.18, 32.55, 32.75, 33.25, 33.27, 33.36, 34.12, 34.33, 34.7, 34.75, 34.83, 35.15, 35.17, 35.47, 35.58, 35.91.<BR/><BR/>The overall average is 34.77. The mod-4 average is 2.19. Twenty-nine (60%) were of age 2 to 4 mod 4. (The distribution mod 4 is 0:10, 1:9, 2:16, 3:13.) So maybe there's a small effect.<BR/><BR/>Michael, you work with a lot of distributions. What distribution would you expect for the ages, ignoring any of these mod-4 effects?Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-264226589944705290.post-19244423085276808522009-01-28T06:57:00.000-08:002009-01-28T06:57:00.000-08:00complexzeta: here's the page at the International ...complexzeta: <A HREF="http://www.mathunion.org/general/prizes/fields/details/" REL="nofollow">here's the page at the International Mathematical Union that describes the Fields Medal</A>. I quote: "A candidate's 40th birthday must not occur before January 1st of the year of the Congress at which the Fields Medals are awarded."Michael Lugohttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01950197848369071260noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-264226589944705290.post-4979302718542788012009-01-28T06:51:00.000-08:002009-01-28T06:51:00.000-08:00I think Fields Medals are awarded for work done be...I think Fields Medals are awarded for work done before age 40, so it is possible to get one at age 43.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.com