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Jiří Matoušek (mathematician)

Jiří (Jirka) Matoušek (10 March 1963 – 9 March 2015) was a Czech mathematician working in computational geometry and algebraic topology. He was a professor at Charles University in Prague and the author of several textbooks and research monographs.

Jiří Matoušek
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Born (1963-03-10)10 March 1963
Died 9 March 2015(2015-03-09) (aged 51)
Alma mater Charles University in Prague
Scientific career
Fields Mathematics

Matoušek was born in Prague. In 1986, he received his Master's degree at Charles University under Miroslav Katětov.[1] From 1986 until his death he was employed at the Department of Applied Mathematics of Charles University in Prague, holding a professor position since 2000. He was also a visiting and later full professor at ETH Zurich.[2]

In 1996, he won the European Mathematical Society prize[3] and in 2000 he won the Scientist award of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic.[4] He became a fellow of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic in 2005.[5]

Matoušek's paper on computational aspects of algebraic topology won the Best Paper award at the 2012 ACM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms.[6]

Aside from his own academic writing, he has translated the popularization book Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction by Timothy Gowers into Czech.[7]

He was a supporter and signatory of the Cost of Knowledge protest.[8] He died in 2015, aged 51.[2][9]



  • Invitation to Discrete Mathematics (with Jaroslav Nešetřil). Oxford University Press, 1998. ISBN 978-0-19-850207-4. Translated into French by Delphine Hachez as Introduction Aux Mathématiques Discrètes, Springer-Verlag, 2004, ISBN 978-2-287-20010-6.
  • Geometric Discrepancy: An Illustrated Guide. Springer-Verlag, Algorithms and Combinatorics 18, 1999, ISBN 978-3-540-65528-2.[10]
  • Lectures on Discrete Geometry. Springer-Verlag, Graduate Texts in Mathematics, 2002, ISBN 978-0-387-95373-1.[11][12][13]
  • Using the Borsuk-Ulam Theorem: Lectures on Topological Methods in Combinatorics and Geometry. Springer-Verlag, 2003. ISBN 978-3-540-00362-5.[14][15]
  • Topics in Discrete Mathematics: Dedicated to Jarik Nešetřil on the Occasion of His 60th Birthday (with Martin Klazar, Jan Kratochvíl, Martin Loebl, Robin Thomas, and Pavel Valtr). Springer-Verlag, Algorithms and Combinatorics 26, 2006. ISBN 978-3-540-33698-3.
  • Understanding and Using Linear Programming (with B. Gärtner). Springer-Verlag, Universitext, 2007, ISBN 978-3-540-30697-9.[16]
  • Thirty-three miniatures — Mathematical and algorithmic applications of linear algebra. AMS, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8218-4977-4.[17][18][19]
  • Approximation Algorithms and Semidefinite Programming (with B. Gärtner). Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2012, ISBN 978-3-642-22014-2.[20]
  • Mathematics++: Selected Topics Beyond the Basic Courses (with Ida Kantor and Robert Šámal). American Mathematical Society, 2015, ISBN 978-1-4704-2261-5.

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  1. ^ Matoušek, Jiří (1986). Vlastnosti R-stromů (M.Sc. thesis) (in Czech). Charles University in Prague.
  2. ^ a b Jan Kratochvíl; Martin Loebl; Jarik Nešetřil; Pavel Valtr. "Prof. Jiří Matoušek". Retrieved 2015-03-18. In the name of Jiří Matoušek's colleagues and friends from Charles University, obituary
  3. ^ EMS Prize Winners.
  4. ^ 2000 Awards, Learned Society of the Czech Republic.
  5. ^ Member profile, Learned Society of the Czech Republic, retrieved 2015-03-10.
  6. ^ "SIAM: Best Paper Awards". Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  7. ^ Gowers, Timothy (2006). Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction [Matematika: Průvodce pro každého] (in Czech). Translated by Jiří Matoušek. Dokořán. ISBN 80-7363-083-4.
  8. ^ "The Cost Of Knowledge". Retrieved 18 March 2015. I've been practicing this for many years, with some exceptions (journals with few good alternatives, requests for reports from people I didn't want to disappoint). I hope this initiative will not die out.
  9. ^ "Obituary of Jiří Matoušek". Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University. 12 March 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  10. ^ Review of Geometric Discrepancy by Allen D. Rogers, MR1697825
  11. ^ Review of Lectures on Discrete Geometry by E. Hertel, MR1899299
  12. ^ Blaga, Paul A. (March 2003), "Matoušek, Jiří, Lectures on Discrete Geometry" (PDF), Book Reviews, Studia Univ. Babeș-Bolyai, Mathematica, 48 (1): 119–120.
  13. ^ Bárány, I. (September 2003), "Lectures on Discrete Geometry", Book Reviews, Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society, 35 (5): 719–720, doi:10.1112/S0024609303269332.
  14. ^ Review of Using the Borsuk-Ulam theorem by Zdzisław Dzedzej, MR1988723
  15. ^ Bárány, Imre (March 2004), "Using the Borsuk-Ulam Theorem: Lectures on Topological Methods in Combinatorics and Geometry", Book Review, Combinatorics, Probability and Computing, 13 (2): 281–282, doi:10.1017/S096354830400608X.
  16. ^ Holder, Allen, "Reviewed Works: Understanding and Using Linear Programming by Jiří Matoušek, Bernd Gärtner; Introduction to Optimization by Pablo Pedregal", Review, American Mathematical Monthly, 116 (5): 471–476, JSTOR 40391139.
  17. ^ Review of Thirty-three miniatures by Torsten Sander, MR2656313
  18. ^ Díaz Sánchez, Raquel (2011), Thirty-three miniatures : mathematical and algorithmic applications of linear algebra [book review], European Mathematical Society.
  19. ^ Kolpakov, Alexander, "Thirty-three Miniatures: Mathematical and Algorithmic Applications of Linear Algebra, by Jiri Matousek" (PDF), Elemente der Mathematik.
  20. ^ Review of Approximation Algorithms and Semidefinite Programming by Jane Juan-Juan Ye, MR3015090

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