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.
Real-world analogs examples include amoebae, doughnuts, and the pancakes My Pub makes, lovingly known as amoebae cakes by family. (That’s true!)
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
Friend me on Facebook at Louisa May Alcatt!