Colin Adams, Editor
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anyway—a mathematical journal, or what?’’ Or
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This sense of disorientation is at its most acute when
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Relax. Breathe regularly. It’s mathematical, it’s a
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To the Fields Medal
Department of Mathematics
School of Horticulture
Central State University of the East
January 27, 2018
Fields Medal Committee
222 College St.
Toronto, ON M53 TJ1
To whom it may concern,
his letter is to ofﬁcially offer my candidacy for the
Fields medal. I want you to know that I would be very
honored to receive this award.
And before jumping to any conclusions about my self-
nomination, rest assured that I am fully aware I am an
unusual choice for the medal, given my extremely limited
research credentials. But allow me to elaborate on the rea-
sons why you should give me a serious look.
First of all, you need to make sure that medal award
winners represent the wide diversity of areas in mathemat-
ics. You have certainly covered many. Algebra? Yes.
Topology? Yes. Logic? Number Theory? Analysis? Yes.
Flower arranging? No. This is a critical and growing subﬁeld
of combinatorics, and not once has the Fields medal com-
mittee deemed to honor it with an award. It is time to
remedy this oversight. I would be proud to represent the
practitioners of this burgeoning area of mathematics as a
Furthermore, as we are already on the subject of
research, the Fields medal should not just be about past
success. It should also be about potential. It’s about recog-
nizing how a person, having produced very little so far, and
what little there is has not appeared in math journals so
much as gardening or bridal magazines, must be saving up
for a big push some time soon. It’s embarrassing to give the
medal to someone who from then on doesn’t produce. You
want to give it to someone who might be producing
mathematics for years to come. I just might be that person.
You may also feel that I am unqualiﬁed because I am
more than forty years old. I am in fact a young ﬁfty-ﬁve. And
many people mistake me for being under forty, on account
of how I take care of myself. And it’s not just what I eat—lots
of granola and fresh fruit, especially mango, I love mango—
and the exercise I get. I also take care of myself emotionally.
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