# Fields medal stolen moments after it was awarded

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/08/02/fields-medal-stolen-moments-af.html

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I wonder if Terry Bryant has decided to branch out from Hollywood?

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/terry-bryant-frances-mcdormand-alleged-000659707.html

BOLO4

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The police thought at first that the butler had done it, but it in the end it didn’t add up.

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“Light-Fingered Opportunist Manuel “Greased Rat” Ramierez awarded thievery’s highest honor, the Artful Dodger medal, for his theft of mathematics’ highest honor, the Fields medal.”

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(1 medal) - (1 medal) = (0 medal) + (1 embarrassed organizer)

Reduces to

0 = embarrassed organizer

Which means the embarrassed organizer is worthless.

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I like the mathematical presentation of this relevant comment. “Profoundly sorry” is equivalent to “thoughts and prayers”, infinitely less than a replacement medal or any substantive effort.

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“Wow, what are the odds of that happening?”

(Roomful of mathematicians suddenly goes quiet as the mental calculations begin.)

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Fields medal stolen moments after it was awarded

Don’t look at me! I can’t add two 2 x 4’s together…

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I believe they meant to say 14 Karat gold medal.

(confounding enough, carat is for diamonds, while karat is for gold, with carrot being a different beast entirely)

Also: pffff, 14K only, how pedestrian!

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Keep a watch on other medals. There might be some big purple guy adding them to his Power Glove of Doom.

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The significant value in the Fields medal is not vested in the chunk of gold.

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I like carrots. But there’s no way I could eat 14 of them all in one go.

you could try a 14 carat carrot instead, which is rather small, only weighs 2.8 g, or ~0.1oz.

~says anyone whose chunk of gold is only 14K.
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There should be a special, hyper-specific level of hell just for someone who would steal a Fields medal from a mathematician. There should be endless, mandatory equation solving on a blackboard with chalk that screeches every time it makes contact.

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Well, that makes it the second Fields medal for a Brazilian.
(First one won by Arthur Avila)

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Oh, snap, special kudos for sly-linking to the actress with the second highest Erdős–Bacon number…

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