New math prize announced…is it a good thing?

Courtesy of Not Even Wrong, we have news that in addition to awarding a $3M prize to superstring theory founders Green and Schwarz and giving out a number of similar prizes for biomedical research, Yuri Milner is teaming up with Mark Zuckerberg to fund a $3M prize they are calling the Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. Whether this will be a good thing is already a source of debate, but it will certainly be more fodder for the small set of people (including me) who like to speculate on who will win prizes like this. Will it make People Magazine? Hard to say.

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