A woman we can really count on

14 Aug





We are so excited today!


Maryam Mirzakhani, a professor at Stanford University, was just named one of three recipients of the Fields Medal, which translates into the Nobel Prize equivalent for excellence in mathematics.


What is even more exciting, is that Maryam is the first women EVER to receive the Fields Award, which has been presented to three mathematicians worldwide every four years since 1936.


Maryam is honored for her outstanding contributions to the understanding the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces, according to the International Mathematical Union. Riemann surfaces are geometric objects whose points each represent a different surface.

Riemann surfaces

A Riemann Surface


One of My Pub’s favorite childhood pastimes.


Real-world analogs examples include amoebae, doughnuts, and the pancakes My Pub makes, lovingly known as amoebae cakes by family. (That’s true!)


An amoeba, which looks an awful lot like the pancakes My Pub makes.


A doughnut


They also look an awful lot like the Spirographs My Pub used to create with her little kit back in the early 1970s. Despite making billions of Spirographs in her youth, My Pub has not yet been nominated for a Fields Medal. Maybe they got wind of her 10th grade algebra results.


Perhaps it’s because she and numbers have never been chummy.


Maybe if teachers incorporated doughnuts instead of numbers in classroom equations, My Pub would have had a better shot at the Fields Medal. We’ll see what happens in 2018. Meanwhile, we are thrilled for Maryam and her outstanding achievements.


Her first wish is that she will inspire more women and girls to seek careers in math and science.


May Maryam’s wish come true! xo,  LMA


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6 Responses to “A woman we can really count on”

  1. soonie2 August 14, 2014 at 9:47 am #

    Kudos to this brilliant woman. I’m with you Ms. Alcatt, numbers have never been my thing…but that donut sure looks good right now!

    • Louisa May Alcatt August 14, 2014 at 11:10 am #

      doesn’t it? Now that we know donuts are affiliated with such an esteemed math award, we won’t feel so guilt about indulging once in a while,xo LMA

  2. Bruce Thiesen August 14, 2014 at 10:30 am #

    Are there any remnants of the spirograph drawings buried in a box someplace?

  3. sued51 August 15, 2014 at 7:19 am #

    I loved Spirograph…had one too! Kudos to anyone who can make Math interesting!

  4. LB August 18, 2014 at 4:46 pm #

    Oh to brilliant! and especially in Math!
    I’d only heard of the Field’s Medal from the movie Good Will Hunting … good for Maryam.
    Thanks for always keeping us up to date on amazing women!

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