# 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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Jiří Matoušek at the Mathematical Research Institute of Oberwolfach, 2005 | |

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Died | 9 March 2015 51) | (aged

Alma mater | Charles University in Prague |

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Fields | Mathematics |

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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] In 1998 he was an Invited Speaker of the International Congress of Mathematicians in Berlin.[5] He became a fellow of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic in 2005.[6]

Matoušek's paper on computational aspects of algebraic topology won the Best Paper award at the 2012 ACM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms.[7]

Aside from his own academic writing, he has translated the popularization book *Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction* by Timothy Gowers into Czech.[8]

He was a supporter and signatory of the Cost of Knowledge protest.[9] He died in 2015, aged 51.[2][10]

## Books

*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.[11]*Lectures on Discrete Geometry*. Springer-Verlag, Graduate Texts in Mathematics, 2002, ISBN 978-0-387-95373-1.[12][13][14]*Using the Borsuk-Ulam Theorem: Lectures on Topological Methods in Combinatorics and Geometry*. Springer-Verlag, 2003. ISBN 978-3-540-00362-5.[15][16]*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.[17]*Thirty-three miniatures — Mathematical and algorithmic applications of linear algebra*. AMS, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8218-4977-4.[18][19][20]*Approximation Algorithms and Semidefinite Programming*(with B. Gärtner). Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2012, ISBN 978-3-642-22014-2.[21]*Mathematics++: Selected Topics Beyond the Basic Courses*(with Ida Kantor and Robert Šámal). American Mathematical Society, 2015, ISBN 978-1-4704-2261-5.

## References

- Matoušek, Jiří (1986).
*Vlastnosti R-stromů*(M.Sc. thesis) (in Czech). Charles University in Prague. - 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 - EMS Prize Winners.
- 2000 Awards, Learned Society of the Czech Republic.
- Matoušek, Jiří (1998). "Mathematical snapshots from the computational geometry landscape".
*Doc. Math. (Bielefeld) Extra Vol. ICM Berlin, 1998, vol. III*. pp. 365–375. - Member profile, Learned Society of the Czech Republic, retrieved 2015-03-10.
- "SIAM: Best Paper Awards". Retrieved 18 March 2015.
- Gowers, Timothy (2006).
*Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction*[*Matematika: Průvodce pro každého*] (in Czech). Translated by Jiří Matoušek. Dokořán. ISBN 80-7363-083-4. - "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.

- "Obituary of Jiří Matoušek".
*Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University*. 12 March 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2015. - Review of
*Geometric Discrepancy*by Allen D. Rogers, MR1697825 - Review of
*Lectures on Discrete Geometry*by E. Hertel, MR1899299 - Blaga, Paul A. (March 2003), "Matoušek, Jiří,
*Lectures on Discrete Geometry*" (PDF), Book Reviews,*Studia Univ. Babeș-Bolyai, Mathematica*,**48**(1): 119–120. - Bárány, I. (September 2003), "
*Lectures on Discrete Geometry*", Book Reviews,*Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society*,**35**(5): 719–720, doi:10.1112/S0024609303269332. - Review of
*Using the Borsuk-Ulam theorem*by Zdzisław Dzedzej, MR1988723 - 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. - 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. - Review of
*Thirty-three miniatures*by Torsten Sander, MR2656313 - Díaz Sánchez, Raquel (2011),
*Thirty-three miniatures : mathematical and algorithmic applications of linear algebra [book review]*, European Mathematical Society. - Kolpakov, Alexander, "Thirty-three Miniatures: Mathematical and Algorithmic Applications of Linear Algebra, by Jiri Matousek" (PDF),
*Elemente der Mathematik*. - Review of
*Approximation Algorithms and Semidefinite Programming*by Jane Juan-Juan Ye, MR3015090