Last month Robert Langlands won one of math’s post prestigious prizes, The Abel Award, for his life’s work on what is known as the Langlands Program.  The Program’s inception occurred in 1967 when Langlands wrote to Andre¢ Weil regarding a new approach to mathematics that linked together the fields of number theory and harmonic analysis.  What began in that letter spawned decades of seeking, by mathematicians of all stripes, for a unified theory of maths.  In his book Love and Math  Edward Frenkel writes of his own introduction to and subsequent fascination with and immersion into the Langlands Program. Frenkel’s book not only gives the reader a glimpse into the world of the Langlands Program but also lays bare that the pursuit mathematics is a labor of love.

Read about Robert Langlands and the Langlands Program and an excerpt from Love and Math