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Of Elliptic Curves and Female Forms...

Let me start to tell you my story and feelings when I came into contact with this material...First of all, I love the United States. I have great hope regarding the new synergy of America. I have spent my summers in different states and discovered many different and interesting facets of the country. That is why I decided to leave Europe, and "Keplershauptstadt," Linz, and move to America.But more interesting is the story about when I came into contact with Dr. Jonathan Farley of the Institut für Algebra at Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, a mathematician, and the "lattice theory" especially. I watched the documentary, "Fermat's Last Theorem," by Simon Singh and John Lynch, and this was the first time I saw how deep feelings ran in math. The documentary was a little painful and made me cry. Reputedly, The Gap, the clothing chain, even asked the man who came up with the main idea for the proof of Fermat's Last Theorem, Andrew Wiles, to be in a jeans advertisement. This was the beginning of the idea to bring a "fresh wind" into math, especially for girls. In 2009, the U.S. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reported "a slight female advantage in computation in elementary and middle school," but, in complex problem solving, "a gender difference favoring males emerged in high school". Only 30% of doctorates in mathematics went to women in 2006. In recent years only 18% of applicants for professorships in math and science in America have been women, with less than 10% of full professors in math and science being women. It has been reported that only 16% of professors at Austrian universities are women. Researchers believe part of the problem is "the scarcity of women role models in math intensive careers leading girls to believe they do not belong in them". In 2005, Harvard University's president, Larry Summers, stated that girls could not do math as capably as boys, and might not want to. The success of actress Danica McKellar's best-selling books, "Math Doesn't Suck" and "Kiss My Math," punched a hole in that theory big enough for astronaut Sally Ride to fly through. Inspired by Professor Rudolf Taschner's Math.Space in Vienna's Museumsquartier, the biochemistry-themed jewelry and accessories of Oxford University's Dr. Lizzie Burns, and Austrian mathematical biologist Dr. Franziska Michor, I thought to bring math back into fashion.To work with mathematics in this special form, you need silence. In silence there is mystery, and a kind of feminine allure. So let me present to you the newest, hot stuff for girls---the first, but not the last. The math jeans!

Math meets Fashion