Monthly Archives: September 2018

New Age Needs New Maths!

I just retweeted this quote from algebra fact then I found it very meaningful. I stopped for 2-3 seconds thinking about it. Then I decided to republish it here. I especially recommend you to go and read the comments. I don’t know what’s wrong with us that we are so much conservative?

“Classical mathematicians like Euler would now be called applied mathematicians, de Moivre would maybe be a statistician, Newton a mathematical physicist and Turing a computer scientist and von Neuman an economist.” — Oliver Knill


Inspiration Station: Three Bloggers on Why They Write

Blogging has been always a serious job for me. It has several reasons why I have some blogs and try to keep them all up to date. As we bloggers have experienced the very first effect of having a blog (that is regularly updated) is to be disciplined: discipline in studying and writing, thinking more seriously about how this activity could be effective in job promotion, how it could help us to have a better quality in life, etc. You may have even experienced this that after a while, some weeks or months, you are a new person who try to learn something new every day, try to rearrange the people around himself / herself. Someone who is more serious about his / her own dreams. 
here you are reading an article from Discover Blog of WordPress in which I hope you enjoy it: 
Photo by from Pexels. 
In the Northern Hemisphere, it’s back-to-school time. As people put away their beach blankets for the year, we often see a resurgence in blogging. Not quite feeling motivated to face your keyboard just yet? Here’s some inspiration from three diverse bloggers on why they maintain a blogging habit.

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” — Henry David Thoreau

To get more comfortable with yourself

At mix it up with curves, style blogger Vivian sees fashion on a budget as an outlet for her creativity. In sharing the outfits she creates, she wants “to make getting dressed (and living life) feel good for all.” Blogging has helped her expand her comfort zone.

Taking the initial steps to start a blog was the hardest part. Although my close friends and family were on board, most people didn’t get the concept.
My experience has been that once you are woman over 35, there’s an expectation that you disappear. You get lost in the role of wife, mother, or the one associated with your career. Sure, these roles are all important. However, they can slowly eclipse your individuality as a woman. My opinion is that we are all (men too) too interesting to be defined by one facet of our life.
Interestingly, by going out of my comfort zone to blog, I’ve become more comfortable with myself. I think taking pictures made me more aware of what works for me and what doesn’t. I don’t go buying clothes in hopes that I will “fit in” to them after losing weight. I just get the size that works for me and take it from there. Let me tell you, life is so much easier when I get dressed in the morning as a result! Blogging also introduced me to a new community.

To inspire and motivate others

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
— Mahatma Karamchand Gandhi

Cristian Mihai writes serials, short stories, and novels, and has been blogging for six years at his self-titled site. Why does he continue to post every day? Not only because he’s fallen in love with the process of writing; he wants to make a difference for readers.

Every once in a while someone feels overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of posts that I write and they leave a comment asking why do I do this. Or how. Or they even get a bit angry at me for punching the keys so much.
Isn’t this the idea?
The dream is to write. To be able to write as much as possible. Also, the dream is to be able to inspire people and offer them the motivation they need to overcome certain obstacles, to feel as if they can conquer their circumstances and become who they want to be.
–Cristian Mihai

To create meaningful connections with others

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” — John Lennon

Blogger Lisa Lawrence writes about her life and adventures with her husband Richard at For the Love of Lawrence. In addition to chronicling her feelings and experiences as an introvert, she appreciates the connections she’s made with readers.

Plain and simply, I find it to be therapeutic.
On top of this factor, the blogging community is a big reason behind why I continue to blog and share my experiences. It is through reading others blog posts, hearing their stories and sharing their experiences that has given me the strength and comfort to be able to share my own.
–Lisa Lawrence

Your turn at the microphone
The reasons we blog are as individual as our strands of DNA. Why do you blog? Why do you find it rewarding? Please share your experiences in the comments.

Bulletin of the Iranian Mathematical Society (BIMS)

The Bulletin of the Iranian Mathematical Society (BIMS)–founded in 1974–is a publication of the Iranian Mathematical Society. It provides a platform for presenting high-level mathematical research in most areas of mathematics conceivable by its editorial body and of interest to a considerable readers worldwide. Occasionally, it also publishes invited survey articles on hot topics from distinguished mathematicians. It publishes six issues per year. All published research articles in the Bulletin undergo rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening, anonymous refereeing by independent expert referees, and consequent revision by article authors when required. Any published article constitutes the final, definitive, and citable version of the work. All manuscripts submitted to the journal must be original contributions, and must be neither under consideration for publication by another journal, nor previously published, in part or whole.

  • 2016 Impact Factor: 0.287
  • 5-Year Impact Factor: 0.321

BIMS is an international open access journal. It is indexed in:

  • Science Citation Index Expanded (ISI)
  • Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition
  • Mathematical Reviews
  • Zentralblatt MATH
  • Islamic World Science Citation Center (ISC)
  • Directory of Open Access Journals

Starting from October 1st, 2017, all submissions should be done via the online submission system at:

From Vol. 44, January 2018, BIMS will be published by Springer. for additional information Please visit: 

Tributes paid to ‘shining light’ Maryam Mirzakhani


There is a classic geometric problem, put forward by Ernst Strauss in the 1950s, called the Illumination problem.  In it, he asked if a room with mirrored walls can always be illuminated by a single point light source, allowing for the repeated reflection of light off the mirrored walls.  Or in other words, can there be a room shape constructed which would leave any point in darkness?

Maryam Mirzakhani devoted her life to solving equations such us these and her brilliant and innovative work in abstract mathematics is being used to shed light on some long-standing physics problems to do with ricocheting and diffusion of light, billiards, wind and other entities.  Her findings are expected to have many uses in science, sports and other fields for years to come.

There was a quiet and orderly rush in the direction of the lecture hall on Tuesday morning as tributes were about to be paid to the first ever female winner of the Fields Medal (received at the ICM in Seoul in 2014), who passed away from cancer in July of 2017.  She left her husband Jan Vondrak, also a professor at Stanford, and young daughter Anahita.

The hall was lead in tribute and a minute’s silence, by Turkish mathematician Betul Tanbay, who recalled the illumination problem and compared her late colleague to the candle itself, lighting a path for others to follow.  “Maryam showed forever that excellence is not a matter of gender or geography,” she added, “Maths is a universal truth that is available to us all.”

Maryam was born in Tehran in 1977 and considered herself lucky to have finished junior school at the same time as the Iran/Iraq war ended.  Had it not, the world may have been forever deprived of her genius.

The moment she arrived at Sharif University as a young mathematics student, it was clear she was destined for greatness.  “I haven´t met anyone in Iran like Maryam,”  said Professor Saieed Akbari, who taught her a number of courses and tutored the Iranian Math Olympiad teams.  “She was unique, very brilliant.  When I taught her linear algebra, I gave her a problem which was very difficult to solve in 3 dimensions.  Within one week she came back to me with the solution in every dimension!  Another time I gave her an open problem with no solution and offered a ten dollar reward without telling the team that there was no solution. Three days later she came back with it solved!”  In both instances, the findings of this young math prodigy were published as papers.

As well as being precociously talented, Maryam was a humble individual, shunning the limelight and deflecting her success.  “She told me she had excellent parents, was lucky enough to go to a good school and have a group of brilliant friends. And all of these people helped her win the prize.”  Professor Akbari added.

Maryam later became a professor of mathematics at Stanford University where her research topics included Teichmüller theory, hyperbolic geometry, ergodic theory and symplectic geometry.  When she was awarded the Fields Medal, her work in “the dynamics and geometry of Reimann surfaces and their moduli spaces” was cited as being stand-out.

Doctor Ashraf Daneshkhah of the Women’s Committee at the Iranian Mathematical Society told me that Maryam has “inspired many women in Iran to go into mathematics.”  And her compatriot was a shining example, “very polite and quiet, always thinking rather than talking.”

Doctor Ashraf was here to present a proposal that Maryam’s birthday – May 12th – be recognized and supported by the World Meeting for Women in Mathematics as the Women in Mathematics Day. The date will be celebrated every year inside the mathematical community, encouraging females from all over the world to advance their achievements in the field.