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CRISTINA NANABHAY

STEM Educator and Mathematician


Mathematics is the most beautiful and the most powerful creation of the human spirit. -- Stefan Banach


The mathematician in me intuitively understood that pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas. The core of creation is quintessentially mathematical. Everything around me constructs mathematics, in numbers and letters. The medium of expression of my inner world is language and its infinite rapturous ways of conveying both truth and beauty.

The desire to read, write and to debate the more philosophical human problems have always been part of who I am - ever since learning to read, I remember going to sleep with four or five books by my bed, and a notebook full of ideas I want to publish one day. The stunningly beautiful home and city libraries, as well as the inspirational people and workspaces I had the privilege to grow up with, carved a life imbued with good books, deep appreciation for the transformative power of the word and a life-long desire to read, learn and question.

I am a woman deeply besotted  with science. Do I need to say more than that? 

I have an active interest in issues around women in science and equality and diversity; and a growing interest in education and science policy. This blog is written in a purely personal capacity and conveys my Reality contoured as an African woman, a woman in science, a woman mathematician in male dominated science world, as a mother, as Muslim.

I am a mathematician... and an educator. I come to work every day because there are certain questions that I find fascinating and I can't stop thinking about. I hope that what I do in my day jobs (and in my life) makes a difference for others.