Breakthrough Prize: A Bright Night For Mathematics — East Bay Times

  • Actor Morgan Freeman gives a thumbs up for a picture on the red carpet for the 6th annual 2018 Breakthrough Prizes at Moffett Federal Airfield, Hanger One in Mountain View, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (Photo by Nhat V. Meyer)

    Actor Morgan Freeman gives a thumbs up for a picture to the red carpet to the 6th annual 2018 Breakthrough Prizes at Moffett Federal Airfield, Hanger One in Mountain View, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (Photo from Nhat V. Meyer)

  • Arianna Huffington poses for a picture on the red carpet for the 6th annual 2018 Breakthrough Prizes at Moffett Federal Airfield, Hanger One in Mountain View, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (Photo by Nhat V. Meyer)

    Arianna Huffington presents for a picture on the red carpet to the 6th annual 2018 Breakthrough Prizes at Moffett Federal Airfield, Hanger One in Mountain View, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (Photo from Nhat V. Meyer)

  • Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky poses for a picture on the red carpet for the 6th annual 2018 Breakthrough Prizes at Moffett Federal Airfield, Hanger One in Mountain View, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (Photo by Nhat V. Meyer)

    Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky presents for a picture to the red carpet to the 6th annual 2018 Breakthrough Prizes at Moffett Federal Airfield, Hanger One in Mountain View, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (Photo from Nhat V. Meyer)

  • Actress Mayim Bialik poses for a picture on the red carpet for the 6th annual 2018 Breakthrough Prizes at Moffett Federal Airfield, Hanger One in Mountain View, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (Photo by Nhat V. Meyer)

    Actress Mayim Bialik presents for a picture on the red carpet to the 6th annual 2018 Breakthrough Prizes at Moffett Federal Airfield, Hanger One in Mountain View, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (Photo from Nhat V. Meyer)

  • Cellist Nana Ou-Yang poses for a picture on the red carpet for the 6th annual 2018 Breakthrough Prizes at Moffett Federal Airfield, Hanger One in Mountain View, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (Photo by Nhat V. Meyer)

    Cellist Nana Ou-Yang presents for a picture on the red carpet to the 6th annual 2018 Breakthrough Prizes at Moffett Federal Airfield, Hanger One in Mountain View, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (Photo from Nhat V. Meyer)

  • Dr. Peter Diamandis, founder and executive chairman of XPRIZE Foundation, poses for a picture on the red carpet for the 6th annual 2018 Breakthrough Prizes at Moffett Federal Airfield, Hanger One in Mountain View, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (Photo by Nhat V. Meyer)

    Dr. Peter Diamandis, founder and executive chairman of XPRIZE Foundation, presents for a picture to the red carpet for the 6th annual 2018 Breakthrough Prizes at Moffett Federal Airfield, Hanger One in Mountain View, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (Photo from Nhat V. Meyer)

  • San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee poses for a picture on the red carpet for the 6th annual 2018 Breakthrough Prizes at Moffett Federal Airfield, Hanger One in Mountain View, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (Photo by Nhat V. Meyer)

    San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee poses for a picture on the red carpet to the 6th annual 2018 Breakthrough Prizes at Moffett Federal Airfield, Hanger One in Mountain View, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (Photo from Nhat V. Meyer)

  • Actor Mila Kunis poses for a picture with her husband actor Ashton Kutcher on the red carpet for the 6th annual 2018 Breakthrough Prizes at Moffett Federal Airfield, Hanger One in Mountain View, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (Photo by Nhat V. Meyer)

    Actor Mila Kunis presents for a picture along with her husband’s actor Ashton Kutcher to the red carpet for the 6th annual 2018 Breakthrough Prizes at Moffett Federal Airfield, Hanger One in Mountain View, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (Photo from Nhat V. Meyer)

  • A women poses for a picture on the red carpet for the 6th annual 2018 Breakthrough Prizes at Moffett Federal Airfield, Hanger One in Mountain View, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (Photo by Nhat V. Meyer)

    A women poses for a picture on the red carpet to the 6th annual 2018 Breakthrough Prizes at Moffett Federal Airfield, Hanger One in Mountain View, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (Photo from Nhat V. Meyer)

  • Marissa Mayer poses for a picture on the red carpet for the 6th annual 2018 Breakthrough Prizes at Moffett Federal Airfield, Hanger One in Mountain View, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (Photo by Nhat V. Meyer)

    Marissa Mayer presents for a picture on the red carpet to the 6th annual 2018 Breakthrough Prizes at Moffett Federal Airfield, Hanger One in Mountain View, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (Photo from Nhat V. Meyer)

  • Yuri Milner walks on the red carpet for the 6th annual 2018 Breakthrough Prizes at Moffett Federal Airfield, Hanger One in Mountain View, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (Photo by Nhat V. Meyer)

    Yuri Milner walks to the red carpet to the 6th annual 2018 Breakthrough Prizes at Moffett Federal Airfield, Hanger One in Mountain View, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (Photo from Nhat V. Meyer)

  • Gavin Newsom, right, chats with Marissa Mayer on the red carpet for the 6th annual 2018 Breakthrough Prizes at Moffett Federal Airfield, Hanger One in Mountain View, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (Photo by Nhat V. Meyer)

    Gavin Newsom, right, talks with Marissa Mayer on the red carpet for the 6th annual 2018 Breakthrough Prizes at Moffett Federal Airfield, Hanger One in Mountain View, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (Photo from Nhat V. Meyer)

  • Sergey Brin poses for a picture on the red carpet for the 6th annual 2018 Breakthrough Prizes at Moffett Federal Airfield, Hanger One in Mountain View, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (Photo by Nhat V. Meyer)

    Sergey Brin presents for a picture on the red carpet to the 6th annual 2018 Breakthrough Prizes at Moffett Federal Airfield, Hanger One in Mountain View, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (Photo from Nhat V. Meyer)

  • Sergey Brin poses for a picture on the red carpet for the 6th annual 2018 Breakthrough Prizes at Moffett Federal Airfield, Hanger One in Mountain View, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (Photo by Nhat V. Meyer)

    Sergey Brin presents for a picture on the red carpet to the 6th annual 2018 Breakthrough Prizes at Moffett Federal Airfield, Hanger One in Mountain View, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (Photo from Nhat V. Meyer)

  • Dr. Jennifer A. Doudna, the 2015 Breakthrough Prize winner in Life Sciences, poses for a picture on the red carpet for the 6th annual 2018 Breakthrough Prizes at Moffett Federal Airfield, Hanger One in Mountain View, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (Photo by Nhat V. Meyer)

    Dr. Jennifer A. Doudna, the 2015 Breakthrough Prize winner in Life Sciences, presents for a picture to the red carpet for the 6th annual 2018 Breakthrough Prizes at Moffett Federal Airfield, Hanger One in Mountain View, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (Photo from Nhat V. Meyer)

  • Yuri Milner poses for a picture on the red carpet for the 6th annual 2018 Breakthrough Prizes at Moffett Federal Airfield, Hanger One in Mountain View, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (Photo by Nhat V. Meyer)

    Yuri Milner presents for a picture on the red carpet to the 6th annual 2018 Breakthrough Prizes at Moffett Federal Airfield, Hanger One in Mountain View, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (Photo from Nhat V. Meyer)

  • Michael Govan, director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and his wife Katherine Ross, poses for a picture on the red carpet for the 6th annual 2018 Breakthrough Prizes at Moffett Federal Airfield, Hanger One in Mountain View, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (Photo by Nhat V. Meyer)

    Michael Govan, director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, along with his wife Katherine Ross, poses for a picture to the red carpet for the 6th annual 2018 Breakthrough Prizes at Moffett Federal Airfield, Hanger One in Mountain View, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (Photo from Nhat V. Meyer)

  • Dr. Peter Walter, 2018 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences from U.C. San Francisco, poses for a picture on the red carpet for the 6th annual 2018 Breakthrough Prizes at Moffett Federal Airfield, Hanger One in Mountain View, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (Photo by Nhat V. Meyer)

    Dr. Peter Walter, 2018 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences in U.C. San Francisco, presents for a picture to the red carpet for the 6th annual 2018 Breakthrough Prizes at Moffett Federal Airfield, Hanger One in Mountain View, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (Photo from Nhat V. Meyer)