Twenty-five year old recreational mathematician Angela Moore was one of 22 candidates selected as a winner of the Milli Award for her innovative refutation of “the million dollar question”, Beal’s Conjecture and for her social development comic book series, Truth, 30% Off. The Milli Award was created by Westfair Communications—publishers of the Westchester County Business Journal, Fairfield County Business Journal and WAG Magazine to recognize outstanding millennials under 35 years old. Categories for the award included technology, finance, creativity and innovation (the category in which Moore was featured). Winners of The Milli Award were recognized on November 17th at Chelsea Piers in Stamford, CT. Westfair Communications stated that “Nominations were judged by five professionals—representatives from HR firms, Sacred Heart University, and the Westchester County Association.”
Moore’s love for research is a passion that has significantly impacted on her life. For the past couple years, she’s set out on a personal journey to disprove Beal’s Conjecture. Beal’s Conjecture is a mathematics problem that was inspired by Pierre de Fermat’s 1637 “Last Theorem”. The problem has been unsolved for over 20 years and was posed by Andrew Beal, an influential banker and mathematics aficionado, in order to get more young people interested in math and sciences. To generate interest, he offered a million dollar prize to anyone who could either prove or disprove his theory. Moore initially published a condensed counter-example to Beal’s Conjecture on Math Goodies—an interactive math help site, and on MathNews—a Canadian newsletter published by the University of Waterloo. In January, 2015, she formalized her thoughts and published an extended version of her paper on arXiv, a Cornell University pre-print server. In April, 2015, she presented her counterexample in the 19th Annual CMC3 Recreational Mathematics Conference in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Her solution has since been published in the CMC3’s refereed conference proceedings. Prior to the conference, her accomplishments were covered by the Daily Voice and featured by Bruce Dixon,the CEO of the Connecticut-Pre Engineering Program, New Haven Academy, and Yale University’s New Haven Works Jobs Pipeline. Moore also presented, in August 2015, at MathFest in Washington, DC. The conference was part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). The MAA is the largest professional society that focuses on mathematics accessible at the undergraduate level.
Regardless of whether this Milli Award winner wins the million dollar prize, she’s given a good name to millennials everywhere. She’s living proof that hard work and determination lead you on a journey that surpasses even your wildest dreams.
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Guest Author Bio
Jay has been inspired by Moore’s accomplishments since initially hearing about them. Interests include a love of current events and a passion for encouraging up and coming youth.