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Prospect world’s top thinkers, 2019: the top ten

Mathematician Caucher Birkar won by a landslide—but who else made the top ten?

By Sameer Rahim   October 2019

Illustration by Michelle Thompson.

Mathematician Caucher Birkar won by a landslide, getting more than half the total votes. Judging by the comments we received from his fans—many in Kurdish—it seems likely he tapped into support from that part of the world. No one ever said online polls were as rigorous as maths.

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In silver and bronze positions are thinkers with different kinds of support networks behind them: Max Roser, whose online charts celebrate human progress; and Houman Haddad, whose blockchain work helps refugees.

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