Why isn't there a Nobel Prize for math?
May 08, 2014 4:31PM
No one's exactly sure why there's no Nobel prize for math.
One story claims that Alfred Nobel decided against a prize for mathematics because Nobel believed Gösta Mittag-Leffler would be likely to win it, and Nobel had had a romantic rivalry with him over Signe Lindfors (Mittag-Leffler's wife).
However, there's no historical evidence to support this story, and it's not known exactly why no prize was created for mathematics. It's possible that Nobel simply didn't find it interesting enough.