Virtual screening – Secrets of the Surface: The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani

DATE:Friday, May 1, 2020
TIME:20:00 – 24:00

The Vienna Center for Logic and Algorithms of TU Wien (VCLA) sharing the information and inviting to a #stayhome screening of the documentary movie on the mathematical work and life of the first female Fields Medal winner, Maryam Mirzakhani (1977-2017).

The movie Secrets of the Surface: The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani, is filmed in Canada, Iran, and the United States, and it examines the life and mathematical work of Maryam Mirzakhani. The movie is directed by George Paul Csicsery.

To watch the film during the Covid 19 crisis, you can apply below for a free screening (only once, in the period 1st April – 19 May 2020) here.

With this event, the VCLA is demonstrating support for the May12 initiative which brings together activities celebrating women in mathematics which take place during the month of May. May 12th, 1977, is the birthdate of Maryam Mirzakhani who in 2014 became the first woman recipient of the Fields Medal, the highest-ranking award in mathematics, for her efforts in what’s known as hyperbolic geometry. Her work focused on curved surfaces – such as spheres or donut shapes – which has applications in other fields of science including quantum field theory, computation, and engineering.

The aim of our virtual event is to engage the targeted general public as well as members of research communities to support the global initiative May 12th also in the wider Central European Area. The VCLA support for the initiative stems from our continuing co-funding and support for the Women in Logic series of workshops (together with ACAM SIGLOG), as well as our initiatives for securing retention and progression of female computer scientists in the field. The event is supported also by project ADA.

Coordination of the May 12th initiative

The coordination group of the May 12th initiative includes representatives from the European Women in Mathematics, the Association for Women in Mathematics, the African Women in Mathematics Association, Indian Women and Mathematics, Colectivo de Mujeres Matemáticas de Chile and the Women’s Committee of the Iranian Mathematical Society.

Individual access to the movie

To watch the film during the Covid-19 crisis, you can apply for a free individual or collective screening (only once, in the period 1st April – 15 May 2020), taking advantage of the special agreement between Zalafilms and May12 Initiative.

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