Mathematicians Made Visible

A series of block prints creating a more accurate representation of the people creating Mathematics

Who pops into your mind when you think “mathematician?” Probably Pythagoras or Einstein or Isaac Newton. What if you had a richer visual vocabulary of people to choose from? Providing that visual vocabulary is the aim of this project.

If we want a more diverse group of people entering the field of mathematics, we need to make sure math students can imagine themselves when we say the word, “mathematician.” We need to elevate and celebrate a wider selection of mathematicians and their work.

My goal is to create a series of block print and watercolor portraits of mathematicians with a diversity of racial and gender identities for displaying in math classrooms. I’ll update this page with my progress.

Eugenia Cheng is a British Mathematician and classical pianist who currently teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After focusing on mathematics research, publishing and teaching, she shifted to writing and teaching for a general audience. She has written several books connecting mathematics to topics such as baking, social justice and gender studies. She also creates art installations using mathematics to illustrate different ideas.
Eugenia Cheng: Category Theory

Eugenia Cheng is a British mathematician and classical pianist who currently teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After focusing on traditional mathematics research, publishing, and teaching, she shifted to writing and teaching for a general audience. She has written several books connecting mathematics to topics such as baking, social justice, and gender studies. She also creates art installations using mathematics.

Here’s an interesting talk on art math and social justice that I listened to while sketching and carving this piece.

Yitang Zhang: Number Theory
Chelsea Walton: Noncommutative Algebra and Representation Theory

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Contact me–I would love to hear from you!

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