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Secrets of the Surface: The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani

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Secrets of the Surface: The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani

We are thrilled to offer this inspiring film and panel for free! Maryam Mirzakhani was the remarkable mathematician who, in 2014, became only the first woman—and first Iranian—to receive the Fields Medal, often regarded as the Nobel Prize of mathematics.  But more than just a giant milestone. Mirzakhani’s journey was unusual, and her particular mathematical vision was visually striking, lending itself to a wonderful use of animation in this film that chronicles both her life and ideas.  It’s a story that’s both uplifting and touching, as Mirzakhani was struck down by cancer in 2017 at the prime of her career, just 40 years old. We have been lucky over these past years to host a number of very successful programs about mathematics at the Burns, with many famous mathematicians in attendance.  While this program will be virtual, we are thrilled to host a conversation with Mirzakhani’s colleagues moderated by David Eisenbud, the director of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), as well as the film’s director, George Csicsery.  —Brian Ackerman, Founding Director of Film Programming

Check out this CNN interview for more on Mirzakhani’s legacy.

The film will only be available to stream on Sunday, April 25 at 7:00pm, and will be followed by a panel discussion at 8:10 pm on the JBFC YouTube Channel.


4/25 7:00pm: Free Virtual Screening and Q&A
Sunday, Apr. 25 2021, 7:00
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  • Amie Wilkinson, Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Chicago
  • Hélène Barcelo, MSRI Deputy Director
  • Cumrun Vafa, Hollis Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy, Harvard University
  • George Csicsery‎, Film Director
  • moderated by David Eisenbud, MSRI Director

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