|EUROPEAN MATHEMATICAL SOCIETY
ARTICLE COMPETITION 2005
Further details about the composition of the committee for Raising Public Awareness of Mathematics can be found at http://www.mat.dtu.dk/people/V.L.Hansen/rpa_com.html .
On the deadline for submissions, 1st August 2005, the RPA committee had received ten articles for consideration. Through a careful selection procedure, four articles were chosen for further evaluation to choose the prize winners. In this phase, the RPA committee put particular emphasis on the general interest and readability of an article in the light of its mathematical level. The recommendations of the RPA committee were approved by the Executive Committee of the European Mathematical Society at its meeting in London,11th-12th March 2006.
Professor F. Thomas Bruss, Dpt. de Mathématiques, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Campus Plaine, CP 210, B-1050 Bruxelles, Belgium, for his article "Die Kunst der richtigen Entscheidung” published in the magazine "Spektrum der Wissenschaft" (Scientific American, German Ed.), Juni 2005. It has also been published in French in "Pour La Science" (Scientific American, French Ed.), Septembre 2005 and in Arabic in “Al Oloom” (Scientific American, Arabic Ed.), Novembre 2005. An English version of the article will appear in a forthcoming issue of the EMS Newsletter and will also be made available at http://homepages.ulb.ac.be/~tbruss/ .
Citation: Thomas Bruss receives the first prize for an appealing and highly original article on how to base decision-making on reasoning. The article presents among others recent research of the author and is very attractively written for an audience of educated laymen. The article has already been translated into several languages.
Professor Tom M. Apostol, Project “Mathematics”, California
Institute of Technology, Pasadena,CA 91125 USA, for his
article A Visual Approach to Calculus Problems published in the magazine
"Engineering & Science" (published quarterly by the California Institute of Technology), Volume LXIII,
Number 3, pp. 22-31, 2000; see
Citation: Tom M. Apostol receives the second prize for a wonderful piece of exposition showing how old problems from calculus can be developed with fresh eyes and may be given new dimensions using modern technology. The article especially appeals to scientists and engineers who enjoyed calculus courses and maintain a certain curiosity for mathematics.
Professor Hansjörg Geiges, Mathematisches Institut, Universität
zu Köln, Weyertal 86-90, D-50931 Köln, Germany, for his article Christiaan
Huygens and Contact Geometry published in the Dutch magazine “Nieuw Archief voor Wiskunde” (5th series),
Vol. 6, pp.117-123, 2005; see
Citation: Hansjörg Geiges receives the third prize for an interesting article presenting a nice combination of history, culture and mathematics related to contact geometry. The article originates in the author’s inaugural lecture at the University of Köln (chair in geometry) and it is especially appealing to mathematicians and physicists.
Professor Aviezri S. Fraenkel, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Weizmann Institute of Science,
76100 Rehovot, Israel, for his article Why are Games Exciting and Stimulating? accepted for publication
in the magazine "Math Horizons", which is published by the Mathematical Association of America (to appear February 2007
in a special games issue). It has also been published in German (translation by Niek Neuwahl) in connection with a
games exhibition that took place in Göttingen, 17 July - 21 August, 2005; see
Citation: Aviezri S. Fraenkel was a very close runner up with an article on games. The article is appealing to the many laypersons interested in games, in particular to those who like to analyse the games.
Comments on this webpage can be sent to the chairman of the RPA-committee:
Professor Vagn Lundsgaard Hansen, Department of Mathematics, Technical University of Denmark, Matematiktorvet, Building 303, DK-2800 Kongens Lyngby, Denmark. e-mail: V.L.Hansen@mat.dtu.dk