By Honorary Professor Michael Atiyah Sir, Daniel Iagolnitzer
Even if the Fields medal doesn't have a similar public acceptance because the Nobel prizes, they percentage an analogous highbrow status. it's constrained to 1 box - that of arithmetic - and an age restrict of forty has develop into an authorised culture. arithmetic has ordinarily been interpreted as natural arithmetic, and this isn't so unreasonable due to the fact significant contributions in a few utilized parts can (and were) famous with Nobel prizes. The restrict to forty years is of marginal value, due to the fact such a lot mathematicians have made their mark lengthy prior to this age. a listing of Fields medallists and their contributions supply an summary of arithmetic during the last 60 years. It highlights the components during which, at a number of occasions, maximum growth has been made. This quantity doesn't faux to be finished, neither is it an ancient record. nevertheless, it provides contributions from 22 Fields medallists and so presents a hugely fascinating and sundry photograph. The contributions themselves signify the alternative of the person medallists. often times the articles relate on to the paintings for which the Fields medals have been offered. In different situations new articles were produced which relate to extra present pursuits of the medallists. this means that whereas Fields medallists needs to be below forty on the time of the award, their mathematical improvement is going way past this age. in truth the age restrict of forty was once selected in order that younger mathematicians will be inspired of their destiny paintings.