Russian academicians Vladimir Arnold and Ludwig Faddeev received a deserved prize – Shaw Prize 2008, also known as “Asia Nobel Prize”. The prize went to outstanding Russian mathematicians “for their widespread and influential contributions to Mathematical Physics”.
Vladimir Arnold, together with Andrei Kolmogorov and Jurgen Möser, made fundamental contributions to the study of stability in dynamical systems, exemplified by the motion of the planets round the sun. This work laid the foundation for all subsequent developments right up to the present time.
Ludwig Faddeev has made many important contributions to quantum physics. Together with Victor Popov he showed the right way to quantize the famous Yang-Mills equations which underlie all contemporary work on sub-atomic physics. This led in particular to the work of ‘t Hooft and Veltman which was recognized by the Nobel Prize for Physics of 1999.
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