THEME BY PISTACHI-O

Interview with Maryam Mirzakhani, the brilliant Iranian mathematician who was the first woman to win the Fields Medal 

  • Interviewer: What advice would you give lay persons who would
  •  like to know more about mathematics—what it is,
  •  what its role in our society has been and so on?
  •  What should they read? How should they proceed?
  • Dr. Mirzakhani: This is a difficult question. I don’t think that everyone
  •  should become a mathematician, but I do believe that
  •  many students don’t give mathematics a real chance.
  •  I did poorly in math for a couple of years in middle
  •  school; I was just not interested in thinking about it.
  •  I can see that without being excited mathematics can
  •  look pointless and cold. The beauty of mathematics
  •  only shows itself to more patient followers.
racheforthestars asked: DUDE now all my hope is in Roger too!! And Grigor + Maria :) What's your favorite US Open moment so far this year?

I guess Roger hitting the tweener against Marinko’s back? Cici Bellis was a nice enough story though we’ve seen similar things like that before. It’s still pretty early yet and the men’s draw has been kind of sleepy (fine with me considering), meanwhile the women’s draw is just full of disappointments.

I did think Venus played a great match with Sara today, it was a very entertaining third set.

nprbooks:

Image via Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for USC Shoah Foundation
Today in Book News: Bruce Springsteen is writing a children’s book about a bank-robbing baby called Outlaw Pete, based on his song of the same name. “Outlaw Pete is essentially the story of a man trying to outlive and outrun his sins,” Springsteen said in a statement. The song “Outlaw Pete” was inspired by the 1950 children’s book Brave Cowboy Bill. 
Also today, Quyen Nguyenhas an interview with Tobias Wolff in the Boston Review. Asked about the relationship between literature and politics, Wolff said: “I think it is a political act to force someone to enter the mind, the spirit, the perspective of another human being.”
And the DC Public Library has hired a social worker to help homeless patrons. Social worker Jean Badalamenti told thePost, "Because the libraries tend to be gathering places for people without homes, it’s important to be part of the citywide conversation about how we’re going to address homelessness, health services and moving people out of homelessness."
Read more here.

nprbooks:

Image via Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for USC Shoah Foundation

Today in Book NewsBruce Springsteen is writing a children’s book about a bank-robbing baby called Outlaw Pete, based on his song of the same name. “Outlaw Pete is essentially the story of a man trying to outlive and outrun his sins,” Springsteen said in a statement. The song “Outlaw Pete” was inspired by the 1950 children’s book Brave Cowboy Bill

Also today, Quyen Nguyenhas an interview with Tobias Wolff in the Boston Review. Asked about the relationship between literature and politics, Wolff said: “I think it is a political act to force someone to enter the mind, the spirit, the perspective of another human being.”

And the DC Public Library has hired a social worker to help homeless patrons. Social worker Jean Badalamenti told thePost, "Because the libraries tend to be gathering places for people without homes, it’s important to be part of the citywide conversation about how we’re going to address homelessness, health services and moving people out of homelessness."

Read more here.

I guess I have Petra left. And Alize and Sabine but lol please.

Ugh. Ughghghghgh. Why!

This US Open is dead to me.

Simona :((((((((((((((

climateadaptation:

Just ordered this book, “Why Aren’t More Women in Science?”. Written in 2007, it’s a bit dated - but at only 7 years old, it’s still modern. I’m interested in the perspective of why, in 2007, some of the researchers concluded that one factor (of many) for the disparity was physiological. My partner, who has a PhD, thinks there’s a significant amount of harassment from both students and faculty that keeps women from excelling, and points to the male dominated culture at her university (University of Barcelona) and indifference from the school’s administration when women complain about harassment. She also mentioned that the Catalan Police are equally dismissive of complaints, so there’s no true enforcement mechanism in Spain that women can turn to when they are harassed at university. She is quite hopeful, however. She thinks that with more and more women entering the sciences, administrations and law enforcement will eventually shift, just not at the time scales noisy advocates expect. So, for the time being, she thinks, it’s sadly true only a small sliver of women are can handle the rough atmosphere and be brave and strong. She argued, rather brilliantly imo, that male dominated spheres take a very long time to transition from one type of culture (e.g., male dominated) to another (equal and just). Anyway, I’m curious what the researchers in this book thought just a few years ago, and whether or not things have progressed in a short time.

climateadaptation:

Just ordered this book, “Why Aren’t More Women in Science?. Written in 2007, it’s a bit dated - but at only 7 years old, it’s still modern. I’m interested in the perspective of why, in 2007, some of the researchers concluded that one factor (of many) for the disparity was physiological. My partner, who has a PhD, thinks there’s a significant amount of harassment from both students and faculty that keeps women from excelling, and points to the male dominated culture at her university (University of Barcelona) and indifference from the school’s administration when women complain about harassment. She also mentioned that the Catalan Police are equally dismissive of complaints, so there’s no true enforcement mechanism in Spain that women can turn to when they are harassed at university. She is quite hopeful, however. She thinks that with more and more women entering the sciences, administrations and law enforcement will eventually shift, just not at the time scales noisy advocates expect. So, for the time being, she thinks, it’s sadly true only a small sliver of women are can handle the rough atmosphere and be brave and strong. She argued, rather brilliantly imo, that male dominated spheres take a very long time to transition from one type of culture (e.g., male dominated) to another (equal and just). Anyway, I’m curious what the researchers in this book thought just a few years ago, and whether or not things have progressed in a short time.

Seeing Venus, Cornet and Halep all down at the same time is just

I can’t handle this

blackbabesupremacy:

samwilson-bootyenthusiast:

killacamz:

just a reminder that this was 50 year ago

And even when those signs came down and technically integration was legal black folks were still getting their asses beat for daring to do things around white people.

Integration aint help nobody

15 things that make me happy 

From crocordile!

  1. When my favorite tennis players win. *cough cough*
  2. Being efficiently productive. Just makes life easier in the long run.
  3. Cats!!!
  4. Bright sunlit rooms.
  5. Yummy food that is also healthy and not expensive <3
  6. Hugs.
  7. Travelling, visiting people, plane rides.
  8. Rock’n’roll.
  9. Being up (and well rested) in the morning when no one else is awake and just easing in to my day.
  10. Praise. Because I’m 4. Feeling proud of myself.
  11. Successfully articulating the things in my head.
  12. Having a transcendent experience with a book.
  13. Feeling like I’m truly connecting with friends/family and not just bullshitting a connection.
  14. Falling asleep next to someone.
  15. Feeling creative/inventive/etc.

I tag: danainthedogpark, fuck-yeah-tennis, suziedowninthequiet, christinedaae, somedeadman, lilyavara, fauxkaren, onetrueharem, watertightvines, allerasphinx, mywarringheart, time-experiencer, eclectictsunami, cherryboykakyoin, catelyns

"I am constantly torn between wanting to improve myself and wanting to destroy myself."  - (via dxvildamian)

Oh Gael Gael Gael

why do you always make life so complicated.

Agnieszka is out.

Sloane is out.

Sammy is out.

Ana is out.

If Simona loses this US Open is dead to me.