by Nitsa Movshovitz-Hadar (Technion – Israel Institute of Technology)

Did
you know? – Over 125,000 new items are added each year, to the
international database managed by the American Mathematical Society
called **MathSciNet®**** ^{1}**
A vast majority of these items contain new results, continuously
enriching the ever-growing discipline known as Mathematics

^{2}. To celebrate these tremendous achievements, all to be credited to the incredible creativity of mathematicians, several valuable awards have been established. This vignette is about a few of the more prestigious ones. It opens with the two that nowadays are often described as the Nobel Prize in mathematics

^{3}: the Fields Medal and the Abel Prize.

**The Fields Medal
**

The Fields Medal is one of two awards often described as the Nobel Prize of mathematics. It consists of a gold medal bearing the profile of Archimedes and a cash amount of 15,000 Canadian dollars (or roughly $11,540). It is awarded to 2-4 mathematicians every four years at the opening ceremony of the ICM – International Congress of Mathematicians, to recognize outstanding mathematical achievement for existing work and the promise of future achievement. A candidate’s 40th birthday must not occur before January 1st of the year of the Congress at which the Fields Medals are awarded. (Recall, Andrew Wiles, who proved the long-standing Fermat’s Conjecture, missed it as he was slightly over 40 when he and Taylor took care of the final polish of the proof.^{4})