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Maxim Kontsevich

Kontsevich has won Breakthrough Prizes in both physics and mathematics, and much of his work is at the interface between them. In pure math, his work on knots (in multiple dimensions) and “homological mirror symmetry” are particularly famous; in string theory, he demonstrated that different “brains” ‐ multidimensional strings ‐ can look equivalent when viewed at different dimensions.