Masahiko Fujiwara

Masahiko Fujiwara (Japanese: 藤原 正彦 Fujiwara Masahiko; born July 9, 1943 in Shinkyo, Manchukuo) is a Japanese mathematician who is known for his book The Dignity of the Nation. He is a professor emeritus at Ochanomizu University.[1]

Masahiko Fujiwara
藤原 正彦
Born (1943-07-09) July 9, 1943 (age 77)
EducationUniversity of Tokyo
Known forEssayist
Scientific career
InstitutionsOchanomizu University
University of Colorado


Masahiko Fujiwara is the son of Jirō Nitta and Tei Fujiwara, who were both popular authors. He graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1966.

He began writing after a two-year position as associate professor at the University of Colorado, with a book Wakaki sugakusha no Amerika designed to explain American campus life to Japanese people. He also wrote about the University of Cambridge, after a year's visit (Harukanaru Kenburijji: Ichi sugakusha no Igirisu). In a popular book on mathematics, he categorized theorems as beautiful theorems or ugly theorems. He is also known in Japan for speaking out against government reforms in secondary education. He wrote The Dignity of the Nation, which according to Time Asia was the second best selling book in the first six months of 2006 in Japan.[2][dead link]

In 2006, Fujiwara published Yo ni mo utsukushii sugaku nyumon ("An Introduction to the World's Most Elegant Mathematics") with the writer Yōko Ogawa: it is a dialogue between novelist and mathematician on the extraordinary beauty of numbers.


  1. ^ Usui, Shingo (5 June 2020). "INTERVIEW | Masahiko Fujiwara: Japan Has Strengths It Can Share in the Post-Pandemic World". JAPAN Forward. Retrieved 22 August 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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