Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Karen Uhlenbeck Is First Woman to Win Abel Prize for Mathematics

From the NYTimes 
One of Dr. Uhlenbeck’s advances in essence described the complex shapes of soap films not in a bubble bath but in abstract, high-dimensional curved spaces. In later work, she helped put a rigorous mathematical underpinning to techniques widely used by physicists in quantum field theory to describe fundamental interactions between particles and forces. 
In the process, she helped pioneer a field known as geometric analysis, and she developed techniques now commonly used by many mathematicians. 
“She did things nobody thought about doing,” said Sun-Yung Alice Chang, a mathematician at Princeton University who served on the five-member prize committee, “and after she did, she laid the foundations of a branch of mathematics.”

But didn't anybody tell the awards committee that according to Steven Pinker, Deborah Soh and Quillette, men and women are different, therefore women are innately worse at STEM than men?



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