MAA Writing Awards
Number Theory as Gadfly
Year of Award: 1994
Award: Chauvenet Prize
Publication Information: The American Mathematical Monthly, vol. 98 (1991), pp. 593-610
Summary: A description of the Shimura-Taniyama-Weil conjecture which the author believes plays an influential role in mathematics.
About the Author: (from The American Mathematical Monthly, vol. 98 (1991)) Barry Mazur received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1959, and was a Junior Fellow at Harvard University from 1961-1964. Since then he has been at Harvard University with frequent visits to I.H.E.S. in France. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and has received the Veblen Prize (in geometry) and the Cole Prize (in number theory) from the AMS.