"If you shave your head the new hair that grows back will be straighter. So if you shave your head five or six times, you’ll get really straight hair."
— If I had a Dollar for every Indian person who said this to me, I’d have a house in the Hamptons by now.
Interview with Maryam Mirzakhani, the brilliant Iranian mathematician who was the first woman to win the Fields Medal
- Interviewer: What advice would you give lay persons who would
- like to know more about mathematics—what it is,
- what its role in our society has been and so on?
- What should they read? How should they proceed?
- Dr. Mirzakhani: This is a difficult question. I don’t think that everyone
- should become a mathematician, but I do believe that
- many students don’t give mathematics a real chance.
- I did poorly in math for a couple of years in middle
- school; I was just not interested in thinking about it.
- I can see that without being excited mathematics can
- look pointless and cold. The beauty of mathematics
- only shows itself to more patient followers.
"I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road."
— Stephen Hawking (via likeafieldmouse)