Since its inception in 1936, the Fields Medal has been awarded to 52 of the most exceptional mathematicians in the world under the age of 40. For the first time, that award has gone to a woman: Maryam Mirzakhani, 37, an Iranian-born mathematician who works at Stanford.
She shared the prize — the highest honor in mathematics — with Martin Hairer, 38, of the University of Warwick, England; Manjul Bhargava, 40, of Princeton; and Arthur Avila, 35, of the National Center for Scientific Research, France.
According to The New York Times, 70% of doctoral degrees in math are awarded to males, making the award to Mirzakhani especially noteworthy. In the related field of physics, only two women have ever won the Nobel Prize. Only one has won in economics.
The Fields was presented by the International Congress of Mathematicians to this year’s four winners in a ceremony in Seoul on Wednesday.
Mirzakhani’s research focuses on “understanding the symmetry of curved surfaces, such as spheres, the surfaces of doughnuts and of hyperbolic objects,” according to a Stanford release. A text provided by the ICM further explains that she works on so-called Riemann surfaces and their deformations. The ICM praised her for “strong geometric intuition.”
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I can’t even begin to express my emotions about all this. Even though I’ve spoken about depression at conferences, written endless pages on its gnawing emptiness and have spent many years in therapy, it will always be a beast that haunts. Rest in peace Mr. Williams and may your passing help someone who needs it.
A few of Katy’s favs:
Interviewly - takes all the Reddit AMAs and creates a readable document - genius
Unstuck - I share these stories ALL THE TIME - great space for creative insight
The Kid Should See This - cool videos for “kids” of all ages
Copyranter - the most bitter, hilarious and brilliant ex-advertising guy Mark Duffy
Arts & Letters Daily - I could spend hours on this site if left unattended
Laughing Squid - a curation of internet oddities
Swissmiss - really into the creative speaking space - also strong in UX design
HiConsumption – Caters to men, but forget that, all their stuff is amazing
Dooby Brain - a collection of wonderful, weird, and interesting things
NotCot - Ideas, aesthetics, amusement
CreativeBloq - a daily balance of creative tips and inspiration across web design, graphic design, 3D
The Five - For those who lean on their right brain.
Twisted Sifter - The best of the visual web.
Cool Hunting - Art, design, culture and technology.
Holy Kaw (Guy Kawasaki) – Former chief evangelist of Apple.
Get Addicted To - Daily mix of creative culture.
The Cool Hunter - Roaming the planet searching for cool.
My Modern Met - Connecting over creativity.
The Burning House - Photos of cherished belongings.
Dear Photograph - A picture of a picture from the past in the present.
Neatorama - Neat-o stuff.
Creativity and Design
David Airey – Insights from a brand identity designer
99% - Productivity insights for creatives.
Abduzeedo - Visual inspiration and tutorials.
Smashing Magazine - Useful and innovative web design information.
Architizer - Amazing architecture every day.
Colossal – Awesome digital art and inspiration.
Six Revisions – Web design articles, news, giveaways and tutorials.
Datavis – Curated data visualizations.
Design Milk – Dedicated to modern design.
Miscellaneous / Other
Uncrate – Stuff you never knew you wanted.
Gear Patrol – Spirit of adventure. Passion for gear.
Werd – Gear, gadgets and style for men.
Big Think – Ideas from the luminaries of our time.
Wallpaper* – Design, interiors, fashion, art and more.
The Fancy – Curated feed of beautiful products.
The Awesomer – Awesome stuff.
Today and Tomorrow – Beautiful things.
Uberreview – Gadgetry and geekery.
FFFFound – Awesome photos for your timeline.
GOOD Infographics - GOOD Magazine’s excellent infographics section.
I Love Charts – A Tumblr blog about charts.
Visual.ly - Awesome community for creating and sharing infographics.
Infogr.am - Create interactive charts and infographics.
Daily Infographic - A new infographic every day.
Infographics Archive – A visual library offering infographics.
Video Infographics – Motion infographics that explain, educate or inform.
Amazing Infographics – Pretty much what the title says.
Tech & Gadgets
The Verge - In-depth technology news and reviews.
ArsTechnica - The art of technology.
Gizmag - Gadgets and emerging technologies.
The Next Web – International tech news, business and culture.
ReadWriteWeb – Web apps, technology trends and social media.
Gizmodo - By and for the Gadget obsessed.
Wired - In-depth coverage of trends in tech.
Engadget - Gadgets and consumer electronics.
VentureBeat - Interpreting innovation.
Techcrunch - Obsessively profiling startups.
GigaOm - Tech news, analysis and trends.
PandoDaily - New, but striving to be the site-of-record for Silicon Valley.
Xconomy – Business, life sciences and technology news.
OnStartups – Advice and insights for entrepreneurs.
The Selby – Pictures in your space.
Pictory – Life through true photo stories.
Petapixel – A blog for photography enthusiasts.
Totally Cool Pix – The world in photos.
The Open – An eye on the world’s best photographers.
Short of the Week – A new short film every week.
Revision3 - Internet television.
30 Second MBA – Tips from business leaders.
TinyWrld – The world in tilt-shifts and time-lapses.
YouTube Trends – Trending and noteworthy videos.
Google Talks – Talks by innovators and thought leaders.
AP Video – Video from the Associated Press.
Brit + Co. – DIY ideas to live more simply
The Setup – Things people use to get stuff done.
Foodily – Food, I love you.
Lifehack – Tips for living.
Houzz – Inspiration for your next home project.
Freshome – Interior design and architecture.
Apartment Therapy - Saving the world one room at a time.
AFAR - Where travel can take you.
Adventure Journal - Real outdoor adventure.
Spotted By Locals - Experience cities like a local.
Oyster - See the truth before you travel.
Vagabondish - Going off the beaten path.
Kathika Travel - Lose yourself in the world of travel.
Copyblogger - Copywriting tips for online marketing.
SEOmoz Blog – Search engine marketing tactics and strategy.
Dealbreaker – A Wall Street tabloid.
Freakanomics – The hidden side of everything.
Social Media Examiner - Tips for social media marketing.
Bloomberg News – Business and finance.
World Economic Forum – Improving the state of the world.
The Consumerist - Shoppers bite back.
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