Everybody is talking about the Fields Medal today, also known as the Nobel Prize for Mathematics. One of the winners this year, Maryam Mirzakhani, also happens to be the first woman to receive the prize in its history of nearly eight decades.
We are celebrating all things numerical by revisiting this beautiful article that appeared in our very first issue, ‘Literature and Mathematics' by the Japanese mathematician-essayist Masahiko Fujiwara, who says:
"It is impossible to put in words the intrinsic grace of a theorem. It is highly abstract and complex. I can only describe it as being akin to a perfect piece of music in which each note is irreplaceable or to a haiku in which no syllable can be changed. The beauty I speak of is like the exquisite tension that holds together aspects of a work of art; a fragile serenity that cements its perfection. And so the magnetic force that draws art—and therefore literature—to mathematics is the dignified beauty of its pure logic.”