Despite the stress that mathematics causes, it can bring immense satisfaction when things work out. Succeeding in my research brings recognition for my efforts, it gives me great personal satisfaction and a lot of pleasure. When you’re working on a project, you tell yourself that once you finish it you will move on and never come back to it. But just like sugar, you always do go back to it.
Between my lectures, I would go home to feed my babies. The five-year
gap around the birth of my children did of course impede my
career, but I don‘t regret it. Between my research and my children,
I would always choose my children.