Mirzakhani :”doing mathematics for me is like being on a long hike with no trail and no end in sight”

Q: What do you find most rewarding or productive?
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Maryam Mirzakhani :Of course, the most rewarding part is the “Aha” moment, the excitement of discovery and enjoyment of understanding something new – the feeling of being on top of a hill and having a clear view. But most of the time, doing mathematics for me is like being on a long hike with no trail and no end in sight. I find discussing mathematics with colleagues of different backgrounds one of the most productive ways of making progress.

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