What It Takes to Win the Highest Honor in Mathematics

August 13, 2014 9:00 PM

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What It Takes to Win the Highest Honor in Mathematics

The Fields Medal is the highest honor a mathematician can achieve. The esteemed award has been compared to the Nobel Prize for the field of math –- and there’s only one requirement to win.

“It is the most prestigious award in mathematics,” Matheus Grasselli, deputy director of the The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences, told ABC News. “The only criterion is excellence.”

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