Shadow Gaunt wrote:I would create a Nobel Prize in mathematics. Believe it or not, there is none. Although there are many other categories, I think I would create a mathematics category first and then create more.
Math has a very interesting story as to why it has no Nobel Prize! (It's probably false, but I choose to believe it anyway). It does, however, have two prizes of its own that essentially supplant the Nobel Prize: the Fields Medal and the Abel Prize.
While the award for the Fields Medal is essentially a joke (15,000 Canadian dollars), its prestige, fame, and difficulty to get (only awarded every 4 years - and if you turned 40 the year before the prize is given you're ineligible) make it considered even more of an accomplishment than the Nobel. And the much newer Abel is more of a direct 'translation' of the Nobel; given as a true 'lifetime achievement award' (though some would call the Fields a lifetime achievement award) with a monetary prize nearly as large as the prize as the Nobel prize.
I feel that if a Nobel were to suddenly start being given out for math, it would actually be considered an inferior prize to the Fields Medal and the Abel Prize!