Maryam Mirzakhani

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.

-Maryam Mirzakhani, 2014 Fields prize winner
in an interview with the Guardian newspaper