MA 1505 Tutorial 1: Derivative

Definition of Derivative:

f^{'}(x)=\lim_{\Delta x\rightarrow 0} \frac{f(x+\Delta x)-f(x)}{\Delta x}

Rule: Assume f(x) and g(x) are two differentiable functions, the basic rules of derivative are

(f\pm g)^{'}(x)=f^{'}(x)\pm g^{'}(x)

(f\cdot g)^{'}(x)= f^{'}(x) g(x) + f(x)g^{'}(x)

(f/g)^{'}(x)=(f^{'}(x)g(x)-f(x)g^{'}(x))/(g(x))^{2}

(f\circ g)^{'}(x)=f^{'}(g(x))g^{'}(x)

Definition of Critical Point: x_{0} is called a critical point of f(x), if f^{'}(x_{0})=0.

If f^{'}(x)>0 on some interval I, then f(x) is increasing on the interval I. Similarly, if f^{'}(x)<0 on some interval I, then f(x) is decreasing on the interval I.

Tangent Line: Assume f(x) is a differentiable function on the interval I, then the tangent line of f(x) at the point x_{0}\in I is y-f(x_{0})=f^{'}(x_{0})(x-x_{0}), where f^{'}(x_{0}) is the slope of the tangent line.

Derivative of Parameter Functions: Assume y=y(t) and x=x(t), the derivative y^{'}(x) is y^{'}(t)/x^{'}(t), because the Chain Rule of derivatives.

Question 1. Calculate the tangent line of the curve x^{\frac{1}{4}} + y^{\frac{1}{4}}=4 at the point (16,16).

Method (i). Take the derivative of the equation x^{\frac{1}{4}}+y^{\frac{1}{4}}=4 at the both sides, we get

\frac{1}{4}x^{-\frac{3}{4}} + \frac{1}{4}y^{-\frac{3}{4}} y^{'}=0.

Assume x=y=16, we have the derivative y^{'}(16)=-1. That means the tangent line of the curve at the point (16,16) is y-16=-(x-16). i.e. y=-x+32.

Method (ii). From the equation, we know y(x)=(4-x^{\frac{1}{4}})^{4} , then calculating the derivative directly. i.e.

y^{'}(x)=4(4-x^{\frac{1}{4}})^{3}\cdot (-1)\cdot \frac{1}{4}x^{-\frac{3}{4}}

Therefore, y^{'}(16)=-1.

Method (iii). Making the substitution x=4^{4}\cos^{8}\theta, y=4^{4}\sin^{8}\theta, then (16,16) corresponds to \theta=\pi/4. From the derivative of the parameter functions, we know

\frac{dy}{dx}= \frac{dy/d\theta}{dx/d\theta}=\frac{4^{4}\cdot 8\sin^{7}\theta\cdot \cos\theta}{4^{4}\cdot 8\cos^{7}\theta\cdot (-\sin\theta)}

If we assume \theta=\pi/4, then y^{'}(16)=-1.

Method (iv). Geometric Intuition. Since the equation x^{\frac{1}{4}}+y^{\frac{1}{4}}=4 is a symmetric graph with the line y=x, and (16,16) is also on the symmetric line. Therefore, the slope of the curve at the point (16,16) is -1. Hence, the tangent line is y=-x+32.

Question 2. Let y=(1+x^{2})^{-2} and x=\cot \theta. Find dy/dx and express your answer in terms of \theta.

Method (i). y=\frac{1}{1+x^{2}}= \sin^{2}\theta

\frac{dy}{dx}=\frac{dy/d\theta}{dx/d\theta} = \frac{2\sin\theta \cos \theta}{-\sin^{-2}\theta}= - \sin^{2}\theta\sin2\theta.

Method (ii). \frac{dy}{dx}=-\frac{2x}{(1+x^{2})^{2}} = -\frac{2\cot \theta}{(1+\cot^{2}\theta)^{2}}=-\sin^{2}\theta\sin 2\theta.

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PHD身边的时间陷阱

对于一个读博士的学生来说,一天的科研工作可以从早晨八点开始,直至深夜,但是以什么样的状态,什么样的心情来进行这一天的科研就是一个关键的问题。通常来说,在办公室就有一个坑,一个专门坑PHD的时间陷阱,而挖这个陷阱的往往就是自己。

一个PHD可以在早晨8:00起床,洗漱完了之后就可以在8:30左右到达办公室。走到楼下,去楼下的小卖部买了一个小面包就上楼了。到了之后,先去打一壶开水,去卫生间把昨天的杯子清洗一下,然后泡一杯咖啡放在办公桌前面。

8:30这个时候通常都会不由自主的打开电脑,然后链接无线网络,心想:一天的工作开始了。但是打开电脑之后,第一个打开的往往不是LaTex或者Word文档,而是各种各样的浏览器。首先登录的就是自己的邮箱,看一看有没有学校发来的邮件,老板发来的邮件。OK,如果没有,那就看一下有没有各种打折促销的邮件。如果有,那就看一下各类网购的网站,看看有没有自己需要的东西。这样在网上晃一下,就已经一个小时过去了。

9:30。这个时候facebook上面一个消息弹了出来,原来是一个朋友留了一个言,登陆上去回复一下,顺便更新一下自己的最新状态,并且回复一些朋友的新鲜事。这个时候看到了一个不错的新闻,登录百度搜索了一下,去网易,新浪上面看一下网友们的评论,顺便灌了一点水。

坐了一个多小时,应该起来晃一下了,就哼着小曲去了卫生间,慢慢的洗了个手,就已经10:00了。这个时候,系里面的邮件来了,让大家后天交一份报告,于是慢慢的打开了Word文档。纠结了十分钟之后,不知道如何下手,突然想到Google是最好的老师,上去搜索了一大堆资料,储存在电脑硬盘里面,觉得先看一下再开始写自己的报告比较合适,于是已经过了10:30了。这个时候想到早晨自己起来得早,饭没有吃饱,就半个小时就可以吃今天的午饭了,不需要在早上科研了。这样理所当然的就觉得玩一会算了,就顺理成章的说服自己打开了Diablo 3,上去看了下自己过去的装备,今天没有完成的任务是什么,打造了一些新的装备,拆卸了一些没用的东西。

好了,11:15到了,Office突然想起了敲门声,另外办公室的一个PHD来敲门了,喊大家去吃午饭,因为12:00的时候食堂里面人山人海。下楼吃饭,吃完饭了,12:00刚刚好,看着下面排队的人群,觉得自己提前下来吃饭非常的明智。

回到办公室,觉得刚吃完饭,可以休息一下,不应该马上投入苦逼的科研工作,于是再次打开了电脑,点击了浏览器,输入了新浪的网址,看了一下最新的体育新闻,最新的NBA比分结果,最新的足球转会消息。看了新闻之后,觉得不满足,打开了YouTube,看一看自己昨天没有看完的电视剧。

好,此时已经是14:00了。应该开始写自己应该写的论文了,打开LaTex,发现自己昨天思考的方法错了,应该重新审视自己的论文步骤。哎,还是翻一下别人遇到类似问题怎么处理的吧。再次打开GOOGLE搜索,搜了一会,发觉Google的功能非常的强大,搜到了自己需要的论文,但是如果没有登录学校的数据库,就没法下载论文。那就打开了学校的图书馆网址,填写了自己的用户名和密码,ok,一切顺利,下载好了论文并且去打印室打印出来。

15:00,突然瞅了一眼自己的日程安排,突然想起来这个时候是系里面的Tea Break,有免费的食物和咖啡,于是拿着自己的杯子就下楼,找到一些PHD同学,系里面的老师聊了一下天,吃了一些事物,谈论了一下最近的新闻。一个小时后,Tea Break结束,拿着自己的杯子返回Office。

现在已经16:00了,突然觉得自己的桌子有点脏,于是拿着抹布去了卫生间,弄湿了来Office把自己的桌子擦拭干净。16:15,这个时候想起来,炉石传说每天新的任务就在这个时候更新。拿出了Ipad,打开了炉石传说的app,看了一下今天的任务,就觉得自己今天肯定能够完成,于是玩了几把炉石传说。

在17:00觉得貌似可以开始下楼吃晚饭了,于是就喊上office的几位好友,一同前往楼下的食堂。在电梯里的时候,有人提议去外面吃一顿吧,改善下自己的伙食,在下面的食堂已经吃腻了。于是就去了地铁站,直奔外面的餐馆。吃完饭,就可以收拾收拾自己在office没有完成的工作返回宿舍了。

其实在PHD的办公室中,一直都有这种时间陷阱,会让人有一种自己总处于很忙碌的错觉。看着自己电脑右上角的时间一点一点过去,但是自己应该做的事情却一点都没有干。这种就是拖延症,让自己无法从这种状况下逃离,只能在一个漩涡里面越陷越深。

Manjul Bhargava and his 290 theorem

Fight with Infinity

ICM 2014今天在韩国首尔召开。正如之前所预测的那样,Manjul Bhargava获得了2014年的Fields Medal. 一同获奖的还有Artur Avila, Martin HairerMaryam Mirzakhani.

这份名单相当有趣:史上第一位女性获奖者(或许是为了赶在美国第一位女总统之前?);4人广义上的“祖国”(印度、巴西、奥地利以及伊朗)此前均无Fields奖得主(何其政治正确!当然这也反映了现今欧美基础学科研究人员的“去欧美化”趋势);3人的研究工作和遍历理论紧密相关;2人有参加IMO的经历(有此经历的Fields奖得主越来越多,当然,其中并没有华人的身影——丘成桐或许会愿意就数学研究和奥林匹克数学的关系作进一步的评论);等等。

本文将介绍获奖者Manjul Bhargava的一项“初等”工作:简化了Conway-Schneeberger 15定理的证明,并进一步证明了Conway的290猜想。

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我们感兴趣的是在整格$latex Bbb Z^n$上取整值的$latex n$元多项式$latex f$。若$latex f$是齐次的,这相当于要求$latex f$的系数为整数。对可表示集$latex R_f:=f(Bbb N^n) subset Bbb Z$(约定$latex 0 in Bbb N$)的研究贯穿了整个数论史:
(1.1)Fermat集中研究了用2元2次整系数多项式表示素数$latex p$的问题,并发现
若$latex f(x,y)=x^2+y^2$,则$latex p in R_f$当且仅当$latex p$形如$latex 4a+1$;
若$latex f(x,y)=x^2+2y^2$,则$latex p in R_f$当且仅当$latex p$形如$latex 8a+1$或$latex 8a+3$;
若$latex f(x,y)=x^2-2y^2$,则$latex p in R_f$当且仅当$latex p$形如$latex 8a+1$或$latex 8a+7$;
若$latex f(x,y)=x^2+3y^2$,则$latex p in R_f$当且仅当$latex p$形如$latex 3a+1$;
若$latex f(x,y)=x^2+5y^2$,则$latex p in R_f$当且仅当$latex p$形如$latex 20a+1$或$latex 20a+9$;
此类现象是代数数论乃至类域论的渊薮。
(1.2)由Fermat二平方和定理开始,Euler等数学家获得了一系列经典结果。
(Fermat二平方和定理, 由Euler证明) 若$latex f(x,y)=x^2+y^2$,则自然数$latex k in R_f$当且仅当$latex k$的奇素因子(若有)均形如$latex 4a+1$。
(Lagrange四平方和定理) 若$latex f(x,y,z,w)=x^2+y^2+z^2+w^2$,则$latex R_f=Bbb N$。
(Legendre三平方和定理) 若$latex f(x,y,z)=x^2+y^2+z^2$,则自然数$latex k in R_f$当且仅当$latex k$不能写成$latex 2^{2a}(8b+7)$的形式。
(1.3) 平方数有一类推广,即所谓的多边形数:填满正多边形内部的点的个数。
(Gauss三角数定理,“Eureka定理”)令$latex f(x,y,z)=frac{x(x+1)}{2}+frac{y(y+1)}{2}+frac{z(z+1)}{2}$,则$latex R_f=Bbb N$。
推广Gauss三角数定理和Lagrange四平方和定理,我们有如下结果:
(Fermat多边形数定理,由Cauchy证明) 任意自然数均可表示为不超过$latex n$个$latex n$边形数之和。
(1.4)从Lagrange四平方和定理出发,我们也可以研究高次幂多项式的表示问题:
(Waring问题,由Hilbert解决) 给定$latex k geq 2$,$latex f=sum_{1 leq i leq g} x_i^k$。对于充分大的$latex g$,$latex R_f=Bbb N$。
关于$latex g$的下确界$latex…

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Khot, Osher, Griffiths

What's new

In addition to the Fields medallists mentioned in the previous post, the IMU also awarded the Nevanlinna prize to Subhash Khot, the Gauss prize to Stan Osher (my colleague here at UCLA!), and the Chern medal to Phillip Griffiths. Like I did in 2010, I’ll try to briefly discuss one result of each of the prize winners, though the fields of mathematics here are even further from my expertise than those discussed in the previous post (and all the caveats from that post apply here also).

Subhash Khot is best known for his Unique Games Conjecture, a problem in complexity theory that is perhaps second in importance only to the $latex {P neq NP}&fg=000000$ problem for the purposes of demarcating the mysterious line between “easy” and “hard” problems (if one follow standard practice and uses “polynomial time” as the definition of “easy”). The $latex {P neq…

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Lindenstrauss, Ngo, Smirnov, Villani

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As is now widely reported, the Fields medals for 2010 have been awarded to Elon Lindenstrauss, Ngo Bao Chau, Stas Smirnov, and Cedric Villani. Concurrently, the Nevanlinna prize (for outstanding contributions to mathematical aspects of information science) was awarded to Dan Spielman, the Gauss prize (for outstanding mathematical contributions that have found significant applications outside of mathematics) to Yves Meyer, and the Chern medal (for lifelong achievement in mathematics) to Louis Nirenberg. All of the recipients are of course exceptionally qualified and deserving for these awards; congratulations to all of them. (I should mention that I myself was only very tangentially involved in the awards selection process, and like everyone else, had to wait until the ceremony to find out the winners. I imagine that the work of the prize committees must have been extremely difficult.)

Today, I thought I would mention one…

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Avila, Bhargava, Hairer, Mirzakhani

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The 2014 Fields medallists have just been announced as (in alphabetical order of surname) Artur Avila, Manjul Bhargava, Martin Hairer, and Maryam Mirzakhani (see also these nice video profiles for the winners, which is a new initiative of the IMU and the Simons foundation). This time last year, I wrote a blog post discussing one result from each of the 2010 medallists; I thought I would try to repeat the exercise here, although the work of the medallists this time around is a little bit further away from my own direct area of expertise than last time, and so my discussion will unfortunately be a bit superficial (and possibly not completely accurate) in places. As before, I am picking these results based on my own idiosyncratic tastes, and are not necessarily the “best” work of these medallists.

Artur Avila works in dynamical systems and in the…

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2014 International Congress of Mathematics: Awards

Fields Medalist:

Artur Avila

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CNRS, France & IMPA, Brazil

[Artur Avila is awarded a Fields Medal] for his profound contributions to dynamical systems theory have changed the face of the field, using the powerful idea of renormalization as a unifying principle.

Avila leads and shapes the field of dynamical systems. With his collaborators, he has made essential progress in many areas, including real and complex one-dimensional dynamics, spectral theory of the one-frequency Schródinger operator, flat billiards and partially hyperbolic dynamics.

Avila’s work on real one-dimensional dynamics brought completion to the subject, with full understanding of the probabilistic point of view, accompanied by a complete renormalization theory. His work in complex dynamics led to a thorough understanding of the fractal geometry of Feigenbaum Julia sets.

In the spectral theory of one-frequency difference Schródinger operators, Avila came up with a global de- scription of the phase transitions between discrete and absolutely continuous spectra, establishing surprising stratified analyticity of the Lyapunov exponent.

In the theory of flat billiards, Avila proved several long-standing conjectures on the ergodic behavior of interval-exchange maps. He made deep advances in our understanding of the stable ergodicity of typical partially hyperbolic systems.

Avila’s collaborative approach is an inspiration for a new generation of mathematicians.

 

Manjul Bhargava

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Princeton University, USA

[Manjul Bhargava is awarded a Fields Medal] for developing powerful new methods in the geometry of numbers and applied them to count rings of small rank and to bound the average rank of elliptic curves.

Bhargava’s thesis provided a reformulation of Gauss’s law for the composition of two binary quadratic forms. He showed that the orbits of the group SL(2, Z)3 on the tensor product of three copies of the standard integral representation correspond to quadratic rings (rings of rank 2 over Z) together with three ideal classes whose product is trivial. This recovers Gauss’s composition law in an original and computationally effective manner. He then studied orbits in more complicated integral representations, which correspond to cubic, quartic, and quintic rings, and counted the number of such rings with bounded discriminant.

Bhargava next turned to the study of representations with a polynomial ring of invariants. The simplest such representation is given by the action of PGL(2, Z) on the space of binary quartic forms. This has two independent invariants, which are related to the moduli of elliptic curves. Together with his student Arul Shankar, Bhargava used delicate estimates on the number of integral orbits of bounded height to bound the average rank of elliptic curves. Generalizing these methods to curves of higher genus, he recently showed that most hyperelliptic curves of genus at least two have no rational points.

Bhargava’s work is based both on a deep understanding of the representations of arithmetic groups and a unique blend of algebraic and analytic expertise.

 

Martin Hairer

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University of Warwick, UK

[Martin Hairer is awarded a Fields Medal] for his outstanding contributions to the theory of stochastic partial differential equations, and in particular created a theory of regularity structures for such equations.

A mathematical  problem that  is important  throughout science is to understand the influence of noise on differential equations, and on the long time behavior of the solutions. This problem was solved for ordinary differential equations by Itó in the 1940s. For partial differential equations, a comprehensive theory has proved to be more elusive, and only particular cases (linear equations, tame nonlinearities, etc.)  had been treated satisfactorily.

Hairer’s work addresses two central aspects of the theory.  Together with Mattingly  he employed the Malliavin calculus along with new methods to establish the ergodicity of the two-dimensional stochastic Navier-Stokes equation.

Building  on the rough-path approach of Lyons for stochastic ordinary differential equations, Hairer then created an abstract theory of regularity structures for stochastic partial differential equations (SPDEs). This allows Taylor-like expansions around any point in space and time. The new theory allowed him to construct systematically solutions to singular non-linear SPDEs  as fixed points of a renormalization procedure.

Hairer was thus able to give, for the first time, a rigorous intrinsic meaning to many SPDEs arising in physics.

 

Maryam Mirzakhani

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Stanford University, USA

[Maryam Mirzakhani is awarded the Fields Medal] for her outstanding contributions to the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces.

Maryam Mirzakhani has made stunning advances in the theory of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces, and led the way to new frontiers in this area. Her insights have integrated methods from diverse fields, such as algebraic geometry, topology and probability theory.

In hyperbolic geometry, Mirzakhani established asymptotic formulas and statistics for the number of simple closed geodesics on a Riemann surface of genus g. She next used these results to give a new and completely unexpected proof of Witten’s conjecture, a formula for characteristic classes for the moduli spaces of Riemann surfaces with marked points.

In dynamics, she found a remarkable new construction that bridges the holomorphic and symplectic aspects of moduli space, and used it to show that Thurston’s earthquake flow is ergodic and mixing.

Most recently, in the complex realm, Mirzakhani and her coworkers produced the long sought-after proof of the conjecture that – while the closure of a real geodesic in moduli space can be a fractal cobweb, defying classification – the closure of a complex geodesic is always an algebraic subvariety.

Her work has revealed that the rigidity theory of homogeneous spaces (developed by Margulis, Ratner and others) has a definite resonance in the highly inhomogeneous, but equally fundamental realm of moduli spaces, where many developments are still unfolding

 

Nevanlinna Prize Winner:

Subhash Khot

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New York University, USA 

[Subhash Khot is awarded the Nevanlinna Prize] for his prescient  definition of the “Unique Games” problem, and his leadership in the effort to understand its complexity and its pivotal role in the study of efficient approximation of optimization problems, have produced breakthroughs in algorithmic design and approximation hardness, and new exciting interactions between computational complexity, analysis and geometry.

Subhash Khot defined the “Unique Games” in 2002 , and subsequently led the effort to understand its complexity and its pivotal role in the study of optimization problems. Khot and his collaborators demonstrated that the hardness of Unique Games implies a precise characterization of the best approximation factors achievable for a variety of NP-hard optimization problems. This discovery turned the Unique Games problem into a major open problem of the theory of computation.

The ongoing quest to study its complexity has had unexpected benefits. First, the reductions used in the above results identified new problems in analysis and geometry, invigorating analysis of Boolean functions, a field at the interface of mathematics and computer science. This led to new central limit theorems, invariance principles, isoperimetric inequalities, and inverse theorems, impacting research in computational complexity, pseudorandomness, learning and combinatorics. Second, Khot and his collaborators used intuitions stemming from their study of Unique Games to yield new lower bounds on the distortion incurred when embedding one metric space into another, as well as constructions of hard families of instances for common linear and semi- definite programming algorithms. This has inspired new work in algorithm design extending these methods, greatly enriching the theory of algorithms and its applications.

 

Gauss Prize Winner:

Stanley Osher

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University of Califonia, USA 

[Stanley Osher is awarded the Gauss Prize] for his influential contributions to several fields in applied mathematics, and his far-ranging inventions have changed our conception of physical, perceptual, and mathematical concepts, giving us new tools to apprehend the world.

1. Stanley Osher has made influential contributions in a broad variety of fields in applied mathematics. These include high resolution shock capturing methods for hyperbolic equations, level set methods, PDE based methods in computer vision and image processing, and optimization. His numerical analysis contributions, including the Engquist-Osher scheme, TVD schemes, entropy conditions, ENO and WENO schemes and numerical schemes for Hamilton-Jacobi type equations have revolutionized the field. His level set contribu- tions include new level set calculus, novel numerical techniques, fluids and materials modeling, variational approaches, high codimension motion analysis, geometric optics, and the computation of discontinuous so- lutions to Hamilton-Jacobi equations; level set methods have been extremely influential in computer vision, image processing, and computer graphics. In addition, such new methods have motivated some of the most fundamental studies in the theory of PDEs in recent years, completing the picture of applied mathematics inspiring pure mathematics.

2. Stanley Osher has unique mentoring qualities: he has influenced the education of generations of outstanding applied mathematicians, and thanks to his entrepreneurship he has successfully brought his mathematics to industry.

Trained as an applied mathematician and an applied mathematician all his life, Osher continues to surprise the mathematical and numerical community with the invention of simple and clever schemes and formulas. His far-ranging inventions have changed our conception of physical, perceptual, and mathematical concepts, and have given us new tools to apprehend the world.

 

Chern Medalist:

Phillip Griffiths

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Institute for Advanced Study, USA 

[Phillip Griths is awarded the 2014 Chern Medal] for his groundbreaking and transformative development of transcendental methods in complex geometry, particularly his seminal work in Hodge theory and periods of algebraic varieties.

Phillip Griffiths’s ongoing work in algebraic geometry, differential geometry, and differential equations has stimulated a wide range of advances in mathematics over the past 50 years and continues to influence and inspire an enormous body of research activity today.

He has brought to bear both classical techniques and strikingly original ideas on a variety of problems in real and complex geometry and laid out a program of applications to period mappings and domains, algebraic cycles, Nevanlinna theory, Brill-Noether theory, and topology of K¨ahler manifolds.

A characteristic of Griffithss work is that, while it often has a specific problem in view, it has served in multiple instances to open up an entire area to research.

Early on, he made connections between deformation theory and Hodge theory through infinitesimal methods, which led to his discovery of what are now known as the Griffiths infinitesimal period relations. These methods provided the motivation for the Griffiths intermediate Jacobian, which solved the problem of showing algebraic equivalence and homological equivalence of algebraic cycles are distinct. His work with C.H. Clemens on the non-rationality of the cubic threefold became a model for many further applications of transcendental methods to the study of algebraic varieties.

His wide-ranging investigations brought many new techniques to bear on these problems and led to insights and progress in many other areas of geometry that, at first glance, seem far removed from complex geometry. His related investigations into overdetermined systems of differential equations led a revitalization of this subject in the 1980s in the form of exterior differential systems, and he applied this to deep problems in modern differential geometry: Rigidity of isometric embeddings in the overdetermined case and local existence of smooth solutions in the determined case in dimension 3, drawing on deep results in hyperbolic PDEs(in collaborations with Berger, Bryant and Yang), as well as geometric formulations of integrability in the calculus of variations and in the geometry of Lax pairs and treatises on the geometry of conservation laws and variational problems in elliptic, hyperbolic and parabolic PDEs and exterior differential systems.

All of these areas, and many others in algebraic geometry, including web geometry, integrable systems, and Riemann surfaces, are currently seeing important developments that were stimulated by his work.

His teaching career and research leadership has inspired an astounding number of mathematicians who have gone on to stellar careers, both in mathematics and other disciplines. He has been generous with his time, writing many classic expository papers and books, such as “Principles of Algebraic Geometry”, with Joseph Harris, that have inspired students of the subject since the 1960s.

Griffiths has also extensively supported mathematics at the level of research and education through service on and chairmanship of numerous national and international committees and boards committees and boards. In addition to his research career, he served 8 years as Duke’s Provost and 12 years as the Director of the Institute for Advanced Study, and he currently chairs the Science Initiative Group, which assists the development of mathematical training centers in the developing world.

His legacy of research and service to both the mathematics community and the wider scientific world continues to be an inspiration to mathematicians world-wide, enriching our subject and advancing the discipline in manifold ways.

 

Leelavati Prize Winner:

Adrián Paenza

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University of Buenos Aires, Argentina 

[Adrian Paenza is awarded the Leelavati Prize] for his contributions have definitively changed the mind of a whole country about the way it perceives mathematics in daily life. He accomplished this through his books, his TV programs, and his unique gift of enthusiasm and passion in communicating the beauty and joy of mathematics.

Adrián Paenza has been the host of the long-running weekly TV program “Cient´ıficos Industria Argentina” (“Scientists Made in Argentina”), currently in its twelfth consecutive season in an open TV channel. Within a beautiful and attractive interface, each program consists of interviews with mathematicians and scientists of very different disciplines, and ends with a mathematical problem, the solution of which is given in the next program.

He has also been the host of the TV program “Alterados por Pi” (“Altered by Pi”), a weekly half-hour show exclusively dedicated to the popularization of mathematics; this show is recorded in front of a live audience in several public schools around the country.

Since 2005, he has written a weekly column about general science, but mainly about mathematics, on the back page of P´agina 12, one of Argentinas three national newspapers. His articles include historical notes, teasers and even proofs of theorems.

He has written eight books dedicated to the popularization of mathematics: five under the name “Matem´atica

. . . ¿est´as ah´ı?” (“Math . . . are you there?”), published by Siglo XXI Editores, which have sold over a million copies. The first of the series, published in September 2005, headed the lists of best sellers for a record of 73 consecutive weeks, and is now in its 22nd edition. The enormous impact and influence of these books has extended throughout Latin America and Spain; they have also been published in Portugal, Italy, the Czech Republic, and Germany; an upcoming edition has been recently translated also into Chinese.