The Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani, who died on Friday, at the age of forty, was known to her colleagues as a virtuoso in the dynamics and geometry of complex surfaces—“science-fiction mathematics,” one admirer called it—and to her young daughter, Anahita, as something of an artist. At the family’s home, near Stanford University, Mirzakhani would spend hours on the floor with supersized canvases of paper, sketching out ideas, drawing diagrams and formulae, often leading Anahita, now six, to exclaim, “Oh, Mommy is painting again!”
The world is full of uncertainty and the return to our effort could never be guaranteed. Thus only the satisfaction comes from the intrinsic value of our giving could be invincible. Moreover, in the end, we'll all be dead. All the wealth and fame would be irrelevant. But our thoughts and love would continue to shine on those whose soul get connected with us through the connection toward truth. Maryam lived respect to such highest wisdom. We are bereft at her passing but we should also be of great cheer since she has enjoyed the highest bliss. ❤️
My love for math is never shaken. For me, mathematicians are even more aloof and romantic than poets.❤️
During my undergraduate at Peking University, I double majored in math. I had to attend math classes at 8:00 A.M. during the weekends. I still remember a snowy chilly winter day when I was the only student there.
I saw a dim in the math professor's eyes. He said, "Someone asked me whether math is useful. Well, I never cared about the answer to that question. I just think if a person loves what he does, he would be happy in the daytime; if he marries a woman he loves, he would be happy at night. I fulfill both, so I am happy 24 hours a day." ☘️
I was so eager to learn the lesson that he was so eager to teach. I've been carrying his words with me. His words resonate with Bacon's famous quote, " Seek ye first the good things of the mind, the rest will either be supplied or not felt." Both have contributed a lot to shape who I am. Their existence is a true blessing upon the earth.
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A seeker with a grateful heart
It's important for me to show my sincere gratitude to those great minds and beautiful hearts that have inspired me and moved me. Their existence is a blessing upon the earth so I am doing my best to introduce more people to their scholarship. I believe doing so will inspire other seekers like me to strive toward the truth—the pure, the bright and the beautiful.