James Maynard
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Oxford mathematician James Maynard is bringing excitement—and creativity—to the field of number theory. In the past 15 months, his groundbreaking research into prime numbers won him both a prestigious New Horizons prize and a Fields Medal, after solving complex problems that have stumped mathematicians for centuries. His dream? To one day show people the “beauty and creativity that’s within pure mathematics research,” he says.

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