She's Done What NO Other Woman Has Done Before. #SlowClap
So, there's this award for mathematics given out every four years to two, three, or four outstanding mathematicians under forty... it's been called the "Mathematicians Nobel Prize". It's called The Fields Award & it's kind of a big deal.
The Fields Award was established in 1936 by the International Mathematical Union (IMU) and NO woman has ever taken the prestigious honor... until recently.
Maryam Mirzakhani is the top dog we're talking about... she's a native of Iran and "won for her work on the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces.”
Whatever that means.
Well, here's a snapshot of what that means...
“Perhaps Maryam's most important achievement is her work on dynamics,” says Curtis McMullen of Harvard University. Many natural problems in dynamics, such as the three-body problem of celestial mechanics (for example, interactions of the Sun, the Moon and Earth), have no exact mathematical solution. Mirzakhani found that in dynamical systems evolving in ways that twist and stretch their shape, the systems' trajectories “are tightly constrained to follow algebraic laws”, says McMullen.
He adds that Mirzakhani’s achievements “combine superb problem-solving ability, ambitious mathematical vision and fluency in many disciplines, which is unusual in the modern era, when considerable specialization is often required to reach the frontier”.
This award is only given to mathematicians under forty years old, so recieving The Fields Award skyrockets you into the spotlight as a mathematician to watch. Everything in this world, universe, & beyond is simply explained through mathematics... including you. FIguring out the equation is the hard part. Mirzakhani is on the brink of solving some of the universe's many unexplained answers, and she's now on the world's radar. You get 'em girl!
Source: Huffington Post