11/8, SECRETS OF THE SURFACE online film screening + panel

November 2, 2020
Kavli Institute of the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe(Kavli IPMU)

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We are pleased to announce that an online screening of Secrets of the Surface will be held on 8th November. We will also invite the film director George Csicsery and other specialists on Mathematics and have a panel discussion.
This program is a part of the online conference "The World of Mathematical Physics" which is organized for Japanese undergraduate students or higher on mathematics and physics.


About the film

Filmed in Canada, Iran, and the United States, Secrets of the Surface: The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani examines the life and mathematical work of Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian immigrant to the United States who became a superstar in her field. In 2014, she was both the first woman and the first Iranian to be honored by mathematics’ highest prize, the Fields Medal.



Jayadev Athreya is a Professor of Mathematics and the Comparative History of Ideas at the University of Washington, and the founder of the Washington Experimental Mathematics Lab. He is originally from Ames, Iowa, and grew up in Ames and Bangalore. He graduated from Iowa State University, did his PhD at the University of Chicago, postdoctoral fellowships at Yale and Princeton, and was previously at the University of Illinois. He has held visiting positions in the UK, France, and in India. He is interested in the creative processes of mathematics, and in particular comparisons to the creation of art. (credit: zala films) GEORGE PAUL CSICSERY, a writer and independent filmmaker since, has directed 35 films, many about the lives and work of mathematicians. His best known documentaries are N is a Number: a Portrait of Paul Erd\UTF{00F6}s (1993), Julia Robinson and Hilbert’s Tenth Problem (2008), Hard Problems (2008), Hungry for Monsters (2004), Where the Heart Roams (1987), Counting from Infinity (2015), Navajo Math Circles (2016), and now Secrets of the Surface (2020). In 2009 Csicsery received the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM) Communications Award for bringing mathematics to non mathematical audiences. Motohico Mulase is a Distinguished Professor of Mathematics 
at UC Davis. He works on complex algebraic geometry, in particular,
mathematical questions arising from theoretical physics. 
Sachiko Nakajima
steAm, Inc. CEO (Music x Math x STEAM Education)
STEM Girls Ambassador (Cabinet Office)
Researcher at Meiji Institute for Advanced Study of Mathematical Sciences
Thematic Project Producers for Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan
Masahito Yamazaki is an associate professor at Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe.
He studies physics and mathematics.


Date &Time: Sunday, November 08, 2020,10:00-12:00
Venue: Online
Admission: Free
Language: English
Seat: 500 (Pre-registration is required. Registration will close when numbers surpass venue capacity)
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*Closing date for the registration : at noon November 7th
Further Inquiry: Please contact to Kavli IPMU Public Relations office (koukai-kouza_at_ipmu.jp)
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10:00~11:00 screening "Secrets of the Suraface"
11:00~12:00 Panelist:
  • Jayadev Athreya(Professor at the Univ. of Washingtong, film’s principal consultant on mathematical animations)
  • George Csicsery(Director of this film)
  • Motohiko Murase(Professor at UC Davis)
  • Sachiko Nakajima (steAm Inc. CEO, Jazz Pianist, Educator of Mathematics/STEAM)
  • Host:Masahito Yamazaki(Associate Professor at Kavli IPMU)