Mathematician + Pianist

Dr Eugenia Cheng is a mathematician, educator, author, public speaker, columnist, concert pianist and artist. She is Scientist In Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She won tenure in Pure Mathematics at the University of Sheffield, UK and is now Honorary Visiting Fellow at City, University of London. She has previously taught at the Universities of Cambridge, Chicago and Nice and holds a PhD in pure mathematics from the University of Cambridge. Alongside her research in Category Theory and undergraduate teaching her aim is to rid the world of “math phobia”.  Her first popular math book, How to Bake Pi, was published by Profile (UK)/Basic Books (US) in 2015 to widespread acclaim including from the New York Times, National Geographic, Scientific American, and she was interviewed around the world including on the BBC, NPR and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Eugenia was an early pioneer of math on YouTube and her videos have been viewed around 15 million times to date. Her next popular math book, Beyond Infinity was published in 2017 and was shortlisted for the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2017, and The Art of Logic was published by Profile and Basic Books in 2018. She also writes the Everyday Math column for the Wall Street Journal, and has completed mathematical art commissions for Hotel EMC2, 6018 North, the Lubeznik Center and the Cultural Center, Chicago. She is the founder of the Liederstube, an intimate oasis for art song based in Chicago. Her next book “x + y : A Mathematician’s Manifesto for Rethinking Gender” is out in 2020 and her first children’s book is on its way. Read Eugenia’s full story here.

Top left and right pictures by Paul Crisanti of PhotoGetGo.

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Latest books

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A Mathematician’s Manifesto for Rethinking Gender

U.K. Release
: July 16, 2020

U.S. Release: August 25, 2020

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Molly and the Mathematical Mysteries

U.K. Release
: October 15, 2020

U.S. Release: March 30, 2021

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