During the Golden Age of the Persian Empire, Iran was an unstoppable font of mathematical and scientific discovery and progress. And even though she had to move from Tehran to the US to fully pursue her goals, Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani became the first woman to win the Fields Medal, mathematic’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize. Mirzakhani was awarded the medal for her work in understanding the symmetry of curved surfaces.
Trying to figure out exactly what the Big Bang was, what caused it, and what might have come before it, is one of the greatest and most fundamental questions in understanding our universe. One new theory, that may sound crazy, but is mathematically sound and possibly testable, is that what we perceive as a “big bang” was the collapse of a four dimensional star into a black hole, and that our three dimensional universe is merely that four dimensional star being smashed into three dimensions, exactly like how in our universe, three dimensional objects become two dimensional when they reach the event horizon of a black hole.
Even though math and art are sometimes seen as being opposites, both activate the same part of the brain that appreciates beauty. So whether it’s the Mona Lisa or seeing someone compute the movement of subatomic particles, they both are interpreted by your brain as “damn that’s pretty”. And it is.