Dr. Yakov Sinai

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    Princeton University, NJ, USA

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    Featured Author: Yakov G. Sinai

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    Yakov G. Sinai (born in Moscow, Russia, September 21, 1935) received his Ph.D. from Moscow State University in 1960; his advisor was Andrey Kolmogorov. In 1971 he became a Professor at Moscow State University and a senior researcher at the Landau Institute of Theoretical Physics. Since 1993 he has been a Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University.

    Sinai is a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences, Russian Academy of Sciences and others. Among the honors he has been awarded are the Boltzmann Medal (1986), Dirac Medal (1992), Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics (1989), Nemmers Prize in Mathematics (2002), and the Wolf Prize in Mathematics (1997).

    Dr. Sinai is one of the most influential mathematicians of the twentieth century. He obtained numerous groundbreaking results in the theory of dynamical systems, in mathematical physics and in probability theory. Sinai was the major architect of the most bridges connecting the world of deterministic (dynamical) systems with the world of probabilistic (stochastic) systems. Many mathematical results are named after him, including Kolmogorov-Sinai entropy, Sinai's billiards, Sinai's random walk, Sinai-Ruelle-Bowen measures, and Pirogov-Sinai theory.

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    Sinai Y. (2007) Kolmogorov-Sinai Entropy. Scholarpedia
    Sinai Y. (2007) Sinai-Ruelle-Bowen measures. Scholarpedia

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