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Fields Medal Masters

The world’s top mathematics prize that outshines even the Nobel, the Fields Medal ceremony in India contrasts the romanticized and turbulent life of mathematical revolutionaries.

That a Fields Medal ceremony should take place in India reflects on the country’s rising economy which profits from mathematical and computational advancements in the form of computer programming. The distinction conferred by the world’s most prestigious mathematics prize is thought to be even greater than that of the Nobel. The Fields Medal is awarded only once every four years and its winners must be under the age of thirty-five. These requirements add to the mystique of the troubled math genius popularized in the media through films like Good Will Hunting and A Beautiful Mind.


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