TODAY IS INTERNATIONAL WOMEN IN MATHEMATICS DAY!
It is the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale (famous for her work in nursing, but also one of the founders of modern statistics), and of Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian-American woman who was the first woman and first Iranian to win the Fields Medal (the most prestigious math award), and who taught at Stanford until her death in 2017 at the age of 40.
To honor this day, the Mid-Pen Math Club is holding a special screening of Secrets of the Surface. From Zala Films, the film production studio:
Filmed in Canada, Iran, and the United States, Secrets of the Surface: The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani examines the life and mathematical work of Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian immigrant to the United States who became a superstar in her field. In 2014, she was both the first woman and the first Iranian to be honored by mathematics’ highest prize, the Fields Medal.
Mirzakhani’s contributions are explained in the film by leading mathematicians and illustrated by animated sequences. Her mathematical colleagues from around the world, as well as former teachers, classmates, and students in Iran today, convey the deep impact of her achievements. The path of her education, success on Iran’s Math Olympiad team, and her brilliant work, make Mirzakhani an ideal role model for girls looking toward careers in science and mathematics.
We will start at 3:30PM, in our regular Zoom Meeting.
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