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Watch the broadcast of the excellent Q&A discussion about Secrets of the Surface and the legacy of Maryam Mirzakhani, which followed the Indiana University Cinema screening of the film on November 18.
Indiana University is hosting a virtual screening, followed by an interactive Q&A, of Secrets of the Surface on November 18, 2021, at 7 p.m. EST. Panelists include Drs. Hussein Banai of MIT; Laura DeMarco of Harvard University; and Shahyar Daneshgar, Shabnam Kavousian and Julia Plavnik, all of Indiana University. A limited number of complimentary passes will be available to watch the film on a first-come-first-served basis. The screening is sponsored by the Department of Mathematics, IU Center of Excellence for Women & Technology and the Department of Central Eurasian Studies.
Secrets of the Surface screens as part of the InScience Festival in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, which runs November 10-22. InScience and NEMO Kennislink have launched the online Science Film Club, which will host a discussion of the film and the theme of scientific breakthroughs on Friday, November 12, at 19:30.
Never-before-seen photographs of Paul Erdős grace the cover of a new book containing close to a dozen photos of the Hungarian mathematician by Zala Films producer George Csicsery that were taken between 1989 and 1991, many appearing for the first time in public. The Discrete Mathematical Charms of Paul Erdős by Vašek Chvátal is published by Cambridge University Press.

This captivating book provides an introduction to fundamental results of discrete mathematics through the work of Paul Erdős, blended with first-hand reminiscences of his work and life. Written for students, it covers topics ranging from Bertrand's postulate to evolution of random graphs and topics not typically covered in introductory courses.

The cover features four photos of Erdős by George Csicsery arranged in a pattern that is a tribute to the Beatles album cover for Let it Be. The book contains several favorable mentions of Csicsery’s 1993 film about Erdős, N is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdős.
Congratulations to high school student Milena Harned of Cambridge, Massachusetts, who has published her first theorem in an article in a peer-reviewed journal, the International Journal of Geometry. Milena was encouraged to pursue a career in mathematics after she watched Secrets of the Surface and participated as a panelist at a recent online film screening through the Girls' Angle Math Club in Cambridge. An article in American Mathematical Society News by Scott Hershberger, titled "One teen's journey from local math club to professional publication", quotes Milena: "...Learning to convey my thoughts really helped me get a more well-rounded understanding of math." In the span of two and a half years, Milena has authored or co-authored 10 articles in the Girls' Angle Bulletin.
The Celebration of Women in Mathematics on May 12, 2021, is part of an international initiative to inspire women everywhere to celebrate their achievements in mathematics, and to encourage an open, welcoming and inclusive work environment for everybody. May 12 was chosen for this annual event, as it is the birthdate of Fields medalist Maryam Mirzakhani.

Hear from panelists and watch a short film plus clips from Secrets of the Surface at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute's May 12 virtual event (from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pacific Time) as part of the international initiative. Free and open to the public. Register at

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Secrets of the Surface
The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani

License to Tell
(in production)

Erdős 100 Plus

Navajo Math Circles

Child of Giants
My Journey with Maynard Dixon and Dorothea Lange

Gazing Into the Past
The Unbounded Vision of James Cahill
(a collaboration with Skip Sweeney; in production)

Something New
Every Day

The Math & Magic of Ron Graham

People of the Current

Counting from Infinity
Yitang Zhang and the Twin Prime Conjecture

Angel of Mercy
(in production; est. completion, 2023)

Taking the Long View
The Life of Shiing-shen Chern

Erdős 100

Hard Problems
The Road to the World's
Toughest Math Contest

To Prove and Conjecture
Excerpts from Three Lectures
by Paul Erdős

Where the Heart Roams

N is a Number
A Portrait of Paul Erdős

Troop 214
214-es Csapat

I Want to Be a Mathematician
A Conversation with Paul Halmos

Songs Along a Stony Road

The Right Spin

Julia Robinson
and Hilbert's Tenth Problem

Hungry for Monsters
A Tale from a New Age Witch Hunt

The Enchanted Mirror

The Thursday Club

porridge pulleys and Pi
Two Mathematical Journeys

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