Adieu, Maryam…

To Maryam Mirzakhani, one of the finest mathematicians of our times, who passed away yesterday at the age of 40.


Dear Maryam

Your going away is, indeed, a loss, to mathematics, and to all of us over the world for whom you were no less than an icon. But in this loss, I believe, many more young people will find hopes, hopes to achieve greatness and to contribute to the world in whatever way they can.

When, at present, we are busy building walls and spewing hatred and animosity, I wish that your life and work will stand exemplary of noble human pursuits, of human creativity and the universality of human endeavours.

I believe that very much like me, there are numerous students and young mathematicians and scientists across the globe, who, even though, barely understand the intricacies of your work, realise the importance of the role you played as a mathematician and as a citizen of the world.

I believe that you will forever remain a wonderful example telling us how shallow and meaningless are the stereotypes that we fabricate. And I hope that in your going away, we will all find motivation to work wonders, for ourselves, and for the world.

Adieu…

A Young Fan

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