Simons’ Math+X investigator program is all about collaboration between high-level mathematics and other fields. The 2016 awardee’s ideas have impacted photo sharing, spotting phony art, even fossil hunting.
The Simons Foundation, one of the country’s largest science research funders, has a mission of promoting a deeper understanding of the world. About four kilometers deep, to be exact, since the foundation just launched a huge new initiative to advance knowledge of the ocean's microbial ecosystems.
When individual molecules or organisms interact on large scales, whether a swarm of locusts or patterns appearing in fluid, bizarre and amazing things can happen, in ways that we don’t understand all that well. It’s a fitting problem for one of the Simons Foundation’s grants encouraging collaboration in mathematics.