“Nobel Prize of Math” Medal Stolen Minutes After Ceremony in Rio

Moments after being handed out at the awards ceremony in Barra da Tijuca, the Fields medal, considered the most prestigious prize in mathematics, was stolen.

By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In a startling turn of events, the Fields Medal, the medal often described as the "Nobel Prize of Mathematics," was reported stolen a mere thirty minutes after being awarded to Caucher Birkar at the International Congress of Mathematicians held at the Riocentro convention center in Barra da Tijuca on Wednesday, August 1st.

“The organizing committee of the International Congress of Mathematics profoundly regrets the disappearance of the briefcase of mathematician Caucher Birkar, which contained the Fields Medal he received at this morning’s ceremony,” read a statement from the event organizers . . .

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