Apr
25

Field’s Medal

The Friday File: To encourage academic excellence, prizes are often awarded for outstanding achievement. Turns out that at least for the Field’s Medal (awarded every four years to the world’s top mathematician under 40), winning isn’t helpful. While winners and losing contenders have similar levels of productivity until the Medal is awarded, after the award is bestowed, output of Medalists drops significantly. Of course, some candidates stop working in anticipation!

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