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by M.G. Siegler


Maryam Mirzakhani, Only Woman to Win a Fields Medal, Dies at 40

Kenneth Chang's obituary for Dr. Mirzakhani is full of inspirational points. A couple:

“You have to ignore low-hanging fruit, which is a little tricky,” she said. “I’m not sure if it’s the best way of doing things, actually — you’re torturing yourself along the way.”


Dr. Mirzakhani often attacked her math research by doodling on vast pieces of paper sprawled on the floor with equations at the edges. Her daughter described it as “painting.”
“It is like being lost in a jungle,” Dr. Mirzakhani said, “and trying to use all the knowledge that you can gather to come up with some new tricks, and with some luck you might find a way out.”

Gone way, way, way too soon.


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