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08 June 2017

Another mathematician admitted to the Young Academy


The Young Academy has just approved seven new members, all of which are excellent young researchers in their respective fields of study. One of these is Niels Martin Møller, assistant professor at the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

Niels Martin Møller

Niels Martin Møller

The academy writes in a press release that the seven new members will bring new ideas and perspectives into a dynamic academy in rapid development.

The seven new members research in very diferent areas: DNA, algorithmics, disasters, language cultures, vegetation dynamics and material structure on atomic scale.

Niels Martin Møller's research field is geometric analysis, which is the study of the differential equations that are associated with the understanding of spatial forms. In particular it is the theory of optimal geometric shapes which currently interests him.

Minimal surfaces

- I work with minimal surfaces, which are - slightly simplified - spatial divisions with the least possible area under the given conditions. It's something nature often produces, so the beautiful minimal structures appear in such different places as in colored bird feathers, in the staircase DNA structure of the cells and even on the edge of the black holes of the universe, Niels Martin Møller says.

- Related to the surfaces are the so-called "curvature flows", which can be thought of as dynamic processes; as time passes, the room search to find such 'best possible' surfaces.

- I am also very interested in theoretical physics, and here are many interesting and very tangible links to the topics. The well-known equations for both electric fields, the quantum mechanical spring, and for other more complicated systems, emerge again and again in the work of my, perhaps slightly abstract, geometric issues.

Maintain Denmark as a knowledge society

- In the Young Academy, I want to participate in initiatives that can strengthen the interests of society for the strong professionalism, at all levels. It may start with an increased visibility of the subjects, for example natural science, my own main area of interest. One must also ensure that the terms offered in Denmark to the talent mass will be excellent, says Niels Martin Møller.

- More specifically, I hope that we can hold on to the promises about investing in Denmark as a knowledge society, with a solid base in fundamental research and with good, stable conditions for researchers. It is recognized that it is synergy and culture in the science community as a whole that creates the inventions that we all have to live from.

Det Unge AkademiThe Young Academy

Behind The Young Academy stands the The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters. They created the academy in autumn 2011 as an independent platform for young researchers in all fields of science.

The current 41 members include a quantum physicist, a historian of ideas, several chemists, a few anthropologists, some biologists, a theologian - and now two mathematicians, both from the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen.

The purpose of the academy is to strengthen basic research and interdisciplinary exchange, bridge the gap between science and society - and give some of the country's most talented young researchers a voice in the public. Members are all distinct profiles with strong international experience and interesting views of research and society.

Members are awarded a five-year membership, based on a written application followed by an interview. There are approximately eight new members each year.

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