Here’s a round-up of some news we didn’t cover on the Aperiodical in the last couple of months.

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### Carnival of Maths 230

The next issue of the Carnival of Mathematics, rounding up blog posts from the month of July 2024, is now online at Theorem of the Day.

The Carnival rounds up maths blog posts from all over the internet, including some from our own Aperiodical. See our Carnival of Mathematics page for more information.

### Carnival of Maths 229

The next issue of the Carnival of Mathematics, rounding up blog posts from the month of June 2024, is now online at Cavmaths.

The Carnival rounds up maths blog posts from all over the internet, including some from our own Aperiodical. See our Carnival of Mathematics page for more information.

### Aperiodical News Roundup – May 2024

Here’s a round-up of some of the mathematical news we saw last month.

### Maths News

Thomas Hales and Koundinya Vajjha have claimed a proof of Mahler’s first conjecture, that the most unpackable centrally symmetric convex disk in the plane is a smoothed polygon. *(via Greg Egan)*

There’s also a been a proof of the geometric Langlands conjecture published, as outlined in this New Scientist article.

Zhouli Xu has claimed a proof of the Kervaire invariant one problem in dimension 126. *(via Kyle Ormsby)*

And finally, Hidetoshi Mino has counted all the magic squares of order 6. Up to rotations and reflections, there are 17,753,889,197,660,635,632. *(via Walter Trump)*

### Awards and Appointments

The inaugural Jean-Pierre Demailly Prize for Open Science in Mathematics has been awarded to zbMath Open, “for its broad scope, recent policy changes, and commitment to accessibility and sustainability”. *(via the European Mathematical Society)*

It’s been announced that the first President of the newly-formed Academy for the Mathematical Sciences (AcadMathSci) will be Professor Alison Etheridge OBE FRS, a professor in Probability at the University of Oxford, and a world expert on stochastic processes and their applications. She will take up the role on 17 June 2024.

The Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences 2024 has been awarded to Peter Sarnak, “for his development of the arithmetic theory of thin groups and the affine sieve, by bringing together number theory, analysis, combinatorics, dynamics, geometry and spectral theory.” *(via Paysages Mathématiques)*

### Other News

“Des chiffres et des lettres”, the French gameshow on which Countdown is based, has been cancelled after more than 50 years. *(via Sarah Dal)*

The UK Government has issued a call for £6m funding to set up a National Academy focused on Mathematical Sciences (NAM). Confusingly, this isn’t the same thing as the fledgling Academy for the Mathematical Sciences (AcadMathSci), though AcadMathSci may well bid to become the NAM. Clear?

And sadly, award-winning mathematician and co-founder of the Simons Foundation Jim Simons has died. *(via Alberto Ramos)*

### Carnival of Maths 228

The next issue of the Carnival of Mathematics, rounding up blog posts from the month of May 2024, is now online at Girls’ Angle.

The Carnival rounds up maths blog posts from all over the internet, including some from our own Aperiodical. See our Carnival of Mathematics page for more information.

### Aperiodical News Roundup – March/April 2024

Here’s a round-up of mathematical news from the last couple of months.

### Awards

The 2024 Abel Prize has been awarded to Michel Talagrand, “for his groundbreaking contributions to probability theory and functional analysis, with outstanding applications in mathematical physics and statistics.”

This year’s Turing Award has been given to Avi Wigderson, “for foundational contributions to the theory of computation, including reshaping our understanding of the role of randomness in computation, and for his decades of intellectual leadership in theoretical computer science.” Widgerson is a previous recipient of the Abel Prize.

### Mathematical Discoveries

Nature magazine reports the discovery of a natural metabolic enzyme capable of forming Sierpiński triangles. Fractals are everywhere!

Quine’s New Foundations for set theory, in which the axiom of choice is false, has been formally proved in Lean to be consistent (PDF).

Another unreasonably effective application of maths: knot theory can be used to reveal points where spacecraft can switch between intersecting orbits using minimal fuel.

### Other news

And finally, there have unfortunately been two deaths in maths education. First, maths education stalwart and generally lovely person Sue de Pomerai has died. Sue worked at MEI, FMSP and AMSP, and made a huge contribution to maths promotion in the UK. Also Hugh Burkhardt, pioneering mathematics education researcher and former Director of the Shell Centre for Mathematical Education.

### Carnival of Mathematics 227

The next issue of the Carnival of Mathematics, rounding up blog posts from the month of April 2024, is now online at Ioanna Georgiou’s blog. The Carnival rounds up maths blog posts from all over the internet, including some from our own Aperiodical. See our Carnival of Mathematics page for more information.