Dr Eugenia Cheng

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Eugenia Cheng is a mathematician, concert pianist and celebrated author.

Dr Eugenia Cheng

About Eugenia Cheng

Eugenia Cheng is a mathematician and concert pianist. She is Scientist In Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and won tenure at the University of Sheffield, UK. She 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 "maths phobia". Eugenia was an early pioneer of maths on YouTube and her videos have been viewed over 20 million times to date. She has also assisted with mathematics in elementary, middle and high schools for 20 years.

Her first popular maths book "How to Bake Pi" was featured on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and "Beyond Infinity" was shortlisted for the Royal Society Science Book Prize 2017. She also writes the Everyday Math column for the Wall Street Journal, has completed several mathematical art commissions, and is also a commissioned composer, including for GRAMMY nominated soprano Laura Strickling.

She is the founder of the Liederstube, an intimate oasis for art song based in Chicago. She has also written "The Art of Logic", "x + y : A mathematician's manifesto for re-thinking gender", and two children's books. Her next book "The Joy of Abstraction" is out in October 2022, and "Is Maths Real?" in 2023.

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