First Woman to Win the Abel Prize

Karen Uhlenbeck to win the most prestigious award in mathematics – the Abel Prize.


The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has decided to award the Abel Prize for 2019 to Karen Keskulla Uhlenbeck of the University of Texas at Austin, USA.

Her theories have revolutionized our understanding of minimal surfaces, such as those formed by soap bubbles.

Niels Henrik Abel (1802–1829) was a Norwegian mathematician. In spite of his short life, he made significant contributions to a variety of mathematical fields.


Creativity is the Key Skill of the Future

According to Jack Ma:

The key feature skills of the Future are:

– Value
– Believing
– Independent thinking
– Team work
– Care of others

In the future, it is not about a competition of knowledge, it is a competition of creativity, it is a competition of imagination, it is a competition of learning.

Not Knowing Math Can Cost $15,000


A big number of people can lack basic math skills.

The Great Explainer Richard Feynman

How to explain the most complex ideas in simple terms?

RichardFeynman-PaineMansionWoods1984_copyrightTamikoThiel_bwFour steps of the Feynman technique are

  1. Write down everything new you learn about a subject in a notebook.
  2. Pretend to teach the topic in a classroom. Try to explain in a simple way.
  3. Go back to the books when you get stuck.
  4. Simplify and use analogies that everybody knows and understands.


“There is no better way to learn than to teach.” – Benjamin Whichcote

Dream Math

Everybody dreams.

rsauter-boyThe boy dreams of being an astronaut.

How long does he need to study and work until his dream can become reality?



Which job does not require math?


The photograph courtesy of Roland Sauter


Extraordinary Math Teaching by Dan Finkel

Dan Finkel suggested principles of extraordinary math teaching:

Math can the best of time or the worst of time.



1) Start with a question.

2) Thinking happens only when you have time to struggle.

3) (Teacher), you are not the answer key.

4) Say yes to your students’ ideas.

5) Play!

A marvelous quotation is attributed to the most brilliant scientist of the modern age, Albert Einstein: “Play is the highest form of research.”




Everyday Geek Questions

What happens once in a minute, twice in a week and once in a year?


I will be X years old in year X2. How old am I?


How many planes of symmetry does a cube have?


“1” costs $10. “20” costs $20. How much does “100” cost?