It's starting to feel like there's a new high-dollar competition launched every week, and the explosion has inspired a fair amount of backlash. Have we hit peak prize? What's so bad, or good, about a little competition?
The Russian billionaire is now supporting the hunt for intelligent extraterrestrial life, potentially indefinitely, and on a level nobody has ever done before. Whether he finds it or not, science will still win.
Science philanthropy had a bit of a moment in 2014, with some major news stories, plus a growing sense that wealthy donors are gaining influence in an area historically fueled by public funds.
Wait, there’s yet another seven-figure science prize? Well, actually this one has been around for a while, but Google just boosted the Turing’s annual cash award to $1 million. Why another prize?
Five mathematicians—including one former child prodigy, and one multi-talented researcher who has now won three seven-figure science awards—are winners of the very first Breakthrough Prizes in Mathematics. The mathematicians landed $3 million each, and will serve on the selection committee to decide future winners.
Tuxedo-clad celebrities joined tech superstars like Mark Zuckerberg and Sergey Brin in Silicon Vally Thursday to announce the latest round of Breakthrough Prizes for science research. And while the stars of the show this round were life science and physics researchers, the crew of wealthy donors behind the awards made news by announcing a new high-dollar prize in yet another field.