May 12th: a comic story about Maryam Mirzakhani

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2022-05-14 19:00:04

For May 12, the new issue of the Comics & Science series was published, The Mirzakhani Issue , produced by Cnr Edizioni in collaboration with the Italian Mathematical Union, which contains the story UNDER THE SIGN OF TORUS, written by Davide La Rosa and drawn by Silvia Ziche. Here you can read and download the full volume.

What is mathematical billiards? What trajectory does the ball make when bouncing off its tables? Is it possible to find a billiard table where, given the starting point of the ball, there are inaccessible points? And what do donuts and pretzels have to do with it? Some of these curious questions – actually, profound mathematical questions – were sought by mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to win the Fields Medal. Maryam Mirzakhani was an outstanding mathematician, one of the most notable minds of this millennium, and May 12, 1977 is her date of birth. When she died on July 15, 2017, the pain in the mathematical community was so enormous that in 2018, on the occasion of the first World Congress of Women in Mathematics, it was decided that May 12 would become the date on which to celebrate all the women in mathematics.

In celebrating this anniversary, the Italian Mathematical Union has decided to create, in collaboration with the National Research Council of Italy, on the proposal of the UMI commissions for equal opportunities and for communication, a volume of the Cnr Edizioni series Comics & Science with a story that has Maryam as its main character, created thanks to the surreal pen of Davide La Rosa , the masterful drawings of Silvia Ziche and the precious watercolors of Dario Grillotti . Surrounded by her mathematics family, Maryam is one-of-a-kind, but not alone . Alongside the story, which takes place in a particular atmosphere, full of mathematical suggestions, we find, as always, the highly refined and intelligent cartoons of Walter Leoni . The translator of the text (also of the full content of the volume) from the original Italian edition has been Jamie Richards.

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