On 30 August 2022 I gave a talk about recent Fields medallist Prof Maryna Viazovska and some of her mathematical work. This was a Monash LunchMaths seminar.

**Title: **“There is always room for a new theory in mathematics”: Maryna Viazovska and her mathematics

**Abstract: **In July of this year, Maryna Viazovska became the second woman and second Ukrainian to be awarded a Fields medal. Among other amazing achievements, she gave a wonderful proof of the most efficient way to pack spheres in 8 dimensions, bringing together ideas from all over mathematics. In this talk I’ll give a brief biography of Prof Viazovska and attempt to explain some of her mathematics.

The slides from my talk are available here (15mb pptx and 5mb pdf).

viazovska_talk“There is always room for a new theory in mathematics”: Maryna Viazovska and her mathematics