16 août 2014

A woman finally wins the Fields Medal after 50 years. Why did it take so long?

The Guardian homeBy . Almost half of maths undergraduates are now women, but winning recognition at the very top of the profession has been a battle. Finally, after more than 50 male winners, a Fields Medal goes to a woman mathematician, Maryam Mirzakhani. If you tossed a coin 51 times, your probability of 50 tails then a head would be less than one in 2,250,000,000,000,000; but nowadays close to half of maths undergraduates are women. That is a pretty stark juxtaposition. Does Mirzakhani’s success mark a turning point in the battle for women to gain more recognition in mathematics? Read more...
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