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Secrets of the Surface: The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani


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ECE is hosting a free screening of Secrets of the Surface: The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani for all ECE students, faculty, and staff. This is a fun way to learn about a female mathematician paving the way for future generations. A description of the documentary is included below. Grab some popcorn, or your favorite snack, and enjoy a free movie night with Michigan ECE!


Filmed in Canada, Iran, and the United States, Secrets of the Surface: The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani examines the life and mathematical work of Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian immigrant to the United States who became a superstar in her field. In 2014, she was both the first woman and the first Iranian to be honored by mathematics’ highest prize, the Fields Medal.

Mirzakhani’s contributions are explained in the film by leading mathematicians and illustrated by animated sequences. Her mathematical colleagues from around the world, as well as former teachers, classmates, and students in Iran today, convey the deep impact of her achievements. The path of her education, success on Iran’s Math Olympiad team, and her brilliant work, make Mirzakhani an ideal role model for girls looking toward careers in science and mathematics.

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