Congratulations again to Simon Donaldson, Maxim Kontsevich, Jacob Lurie, Terence Tao, and Richard Taylor, the five winners of the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics! Each winner will receive $3 million and an amazing toroid trophy from the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, which was created to celebrate the achievements of scientists and mathematicians.
So what will the winners do with the money? Terence Tao mentioned the possibility of funding free mathematics journals or larger-scale collaborative online research projects. Similarly, Richard Taylor told BBC News, “Mathematics is a team effort, involving collaboration and building on the work of one's colleagues, so I want to find a way of giving something back to the community.”
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