Dr Eugenia Cheng is a Scientist In Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She won tenure in Pure Mathematics at the University of Sheffield, UK, where she is now Honorary Fellow. 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 Basic Books 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. Her newest book, The Art of Logic was recently published by Profile and Basic Books in July 2018. Eugenia is also math columnist for the Wall Street Journal, a concert pianist and founder of the Liederstube. Read Eugenia’s full story here.
July 5th, 2017 | 1 hr 9 mins
Dr. Eugenia Cheng joins us to talk about math, and even more specifically, category theory. Then we talk about changing the terminology around gender to focus on character traits instead.