Elliott H. Lieb of Princeton University and Jakob Yngvason of the University of Vienna received the 2002 Levi L. Conant Prize on January 7, 2002. Presented annually by the American Mathematical Society, the prize is awarded for an outstanding expository article in the Notices of the AMS or the Bulletin of the AMS in the past five years. The prize was awarded at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego, California.
Lieb and Yngvason were honored for their expository article "A Guide to
Entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics," Notices of the AMS 45,
no. 5 (1998), 571-581 (click here
for a PDF file of the article). According to the prize citation, the article
adopts a friendly and conversational tone while taking the reader
tour of the second law of thermodynamics as seen through an
axiomatic-mathematical lens... [The authors] illuminate a fascinating trail
between the `pure' world of mathematical abstraction and the `real' world of
physics, chemistry, and engineering.
Further information about AMS prizes may be found at http://www.ams.org/prizes-awards.
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