The Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani, who died on Friday, at the age of forty, was known to her colleagues as a virtuoso in the dynamics and geometry of complex surfaces—“science-fiction mathematics,” one admirer called it—and to her young daughter, Anahita, as something of an artist. At the family’s home, near Stanford University, Mirzakhani would spend hours on the floor with supersized canvases of paper, sketching out ideas, drawing diagrams and formulae, often leading Anahita, now six, to exclaim, "Oh, Mommy is painting again!“
Selections from Mariana Cook's recent exhibition Lifeline (Ivorypress, Madrid) presented on L'oeil de la Photographie. Ivorypress has also published the book Lifeline that ocntains all the images in the exhibition with an introduction by the world-renowned poet Jorie Graham.
NOVA - PBS features mathematicians from Mariana Cook’s book Mathematicians: An Outer View of the Inner World (Princeton University Press, 2009) in their online series "The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers." Each photograph is accompanied by a brief personal essay either written by the mathematician or edited from an interview Cook conducted with him or her.