Andrej Bauer Wins Levi L. Conant Prize for Mathematics

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STA, 15 October 2021 - Slovenian professor of computational mathematics Andrej Bauer will receive the 2022 Levi L. Conant Prize for an article on constructive mathematics, the American Mathematical Society (AMS) has announced.

In announcing the winner, the AMS website said that Bauer's article entitled “Five stages of accepting constructive mathematics” introduces readers to a different way of thinking on mathematics with insightful humour and patience.

"This is an article whose ideas will stay with the reader long after it has been read," wrote the AMS.

Andrej Bauer said he was "truly honoured and grateful to receive the prize".

"I first came into contact with constructive mathematics during my graduate years. I still remember how difficult it was to learn constructive thinking and to suppress the instincts distilled into me by classical mathematical training," said Bauer.

"This article is the synthesis of these experiences, as well as an honest disclosure of my personal views on constructive mathematics and mathematics in general," he added.

The AMS Levi L. Conant Prize recognizes the best expository paper published in either the Notices of the AMS or the Bulletin of the AMS in the preceding five years.

Prize winners are also invited to present a public lecture at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where Professor Conant spent most of his career. The 2022 prize will be presented in Seattle on 5 January.

The paper can be read here

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