دکتر محمودیان و ریاضی در سه حرکت

ریاضی در سه حرکت یکی از هیجان انگیزترین داستان های تصویری بود که نوشتم. داستان از یه کنفرانس خیلی هیجان انگیز شروع می شه که دکتر محمودیان هر وقت باهاش حرف می زدم، با هیجان خیلی زیاد از اون یاد می کرد. برای همین، من بدون اینکه خودش بدونه با رییس کنونی دانشکده ی ریاضی  اون دانشگاه محل کنفرانس تماس گرفتم. متن ای-میل رو برای اولین بار اینجا می گذارم:

Dear William
I am a mathematics educator who uses history of mathematics to publicize mathematics. Recently, I have produced a number of short comic strips about the work and life of mathematicians. As an Iranian, most often than not I choose Iranian mathematician. The person I am writing about now is Prof. Ebadollah Mahmoodian whom his main contribution is in combinatorial theory. In talking to him, I realized that the main breakthrough in his academic life was a seminar in Combinatorial Theory  at Bowdoin College in Brunswick during the summer of 1971. I know that a lot of famous people participated in that seminar and I know a few names (Rota and Erods among them). However, I couldn’t fine any more information, in particular a list of participants (or at least, the lecturers) and more importantly, the topic discussed. Is there such thing available now? I would be very
grateful if you could provide such details if there is anything available. You know, the story I am writing is starting from that seminar and I am in full darkness now.

در کمال تعجب در عرض سه سوت جواب دریافت کردم:

Dear Dr. Asghari,

I’m pleased to say that we have a great deal of information on Bowdoin’s “Summer Seminar on Combinatorial Theory and its Applications,” held June 22, 1971, to August 12, 1971. We have both the conference flyer, dated 12/29/70, along with the 40 page final report to the National Science Foundation. I don’t think there could be any better documentation available for a conference held over 40 years ago.
Send me a mailing address and I will mail these materials to you.
Best regards,
Bill Barker
آدرس رو فرستادم و سه هفته بعد پوستر کنفرانس و بروشور اون رو داشتم. ای کاش اونجا بودین و چهره ی دکتر محمودیان رو وقتی اونها رو بهش دادم می دیدین 🙂

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