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Why Isn't There a Nobel Prize in Mathematics?

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Author:Peter Ross
Description: Ross writes that Garding and Hormander state, "The true answer to the question (of the title) is that, for natural reasons, the thought of a prize in mathematics never entered Nobel's mind." Nobel's final will of 1895 bequeathed $9,000,000 for a foundation whose income would support five annual prizes in physics, chemistry, medicine-physiology, literature, and peace. Four of the original five prizes were in fields that were close to Nobel's own interests, medicine being the exception. Previously published in Math Horizons.

Levels: High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Articles
Math Ed Topics: Public Understanding of Math

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