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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

A Holiday For Celebrating Women In Mathematics | Science - Forbes

New for 2019 is a mathematical holiday to celebrate women mathematicians. It will be held on Maryam Mirzakhani's birthday (May 12), according to Rachel Crowell, writes about mathematics.

Maryam Mirzakhani
Photo: Courtesy of Stanford News Service

While Thirdsday and Pi Day have passed for 2019, don't fret: there are still mathematical holidays to celebrate this year! Between Pi Day (March 14) and Tau Day (June 28) -- a celebration of the mathematical constant tau, which is equal to 2π -- there is a new mathematical holiday dedicated to celebrating women mathematicians! 

At the 2018 World Meeting for Women in Mathematics, (WM)^2 held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Women’s Committee of the Iranian Mathematical Society proposed designating Maryam Mirzakhani’s birthday (May 12) as a day for celebrating women in mathematics. The proposal was approved. Globally, several organizations for women in mathematics support the initiative, including European Women in Mathematics, the Association for Women in Mathematics, the African Women in Mathematics Association, the Colectivo de Mujeres Matemáticas de Chile (Collective of Women Mathematicians in Chile) and Indian Women and Mathematics.

Mirzakhani was the first woman and first Iranian to win the prestigious Fields Medal. "Mirzakhani specialized in theoretical mathematics that read like a foreign language by those outside of mathematics: moduli spaces, Teichmüller theory, hyperbolic geometry, Ergodic theory and symplectic geometry," according to a news release from Stanford University, where Mirzakhani was a mathematics professor until her death...

"May 12th is a joyful opportunity for the mathematical community to celebrate women in mathematics. The celebration takes place every year, all around the world...
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Source: Forbes