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Dearing Wang

Mathematical Artist and creator of Dearing Draws.

“For me the essence of art is mathematical, and the essence of mathematics is to portray beauty and harmony and therefore art.”

Richard Evan Schwartz

Chancellor’s Professor of Mathematics at Brown University and author of Really Big Numbers.

“I never really think about solving a particular problem. Rather, I just think about getting a clearer picture of what is going on.

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Elwyn Berlekamp

Professor emeritus of Mathematics and Electrical Engineering at UC Berkeley and expert on the game Dots-and-Boxes

“Follow your curiosity and interests, even if they stray from the conventional. But don’t neglect the basics either.”

Melissa Budinic

Assistant Exhibit Designer for the Museum of Math.

Melissa“I like math now!  That is not something 15-year-old me would have ever thought she’d say. Not only do I appreciate that I’m educated enough in math to use it in my job, but I understand that there is so much more to math than I knew about before working here, and I want to know more about many of these concepts that are new to me.”

David Chappell

Astronomer and mathematical artist whose Meander Patterns we featured.

“Math is power. Our scientific knowledge of the universe is written in the language of mathematics. Studying math gives you access to that knowledge. And, besides, it is fun.”

Tim and Tanya Chartier

Mathematical mime team from Davidson, North Carolina.

tanyaPushtcInfiniteRope-183x300“What do you love?  We had a number of people doubt a mime and math show could even be interesting.  We listened to our inner voices and went with our belief.  What do you hear?  What do you envision?  Create…refine and have fun.”

Jason Davies

Freelance computer programmer working on visualizations in the UK.

“If you’re reading this, you’re a mathematician! I guess I think everyone can (and should be) a mathematician in some sense… I think mathematics is a much broader and varied subject that people might realise at first.”

Tomas Floden

Swiss inventor of the brilliant strategy game, Pentago.

“I think that it’s an advantage to be mathematical to play Pentago and especially patterns. But I’ve also noticed that younger persons generally are better players than elder.”

Samuel Hansen

Mathematician and podcaster who created the podcast Relatively Prime.

“More than anything, I just wanted to talk about mathematics.”

Tiffany C. Inglis

Computer graphics PhD candidate who researched Gothic circle patterns and is writing algorithms for pixelizing line drawings.

“It’s always helpful to explain abstract concepts with pictures and graphics since many people consider themselves as visual learners.”

Nalini Joshi

Nalini Joshi.

Chair of Applied Mathematics at the University of Sydney and expert on solitons.

“At first, I couldn’t see anything wrong with either approach. But I learnt a very valuable lesson: I learnt to face a contradiction.

Monica Lucas

CEO of Mindtwister, the company that sells the brilliant strategy game, Pentago.

“I’ve learned in life you can turn a great weakness in to one of your greatest strengths if harnessed properly.”

Khalegh Mamakani

Irani-born PhD student who used a computer to discover Newroz, a wonderful 11-set Venn diagram.

“I think beyond the speed and accuracy, computers like pencils and papers are tools that you need to do the computation and you are the one who solves the problems, not computers.”

Frank Ruskey

Canadian math professor who helped Khalegh Mamakani discover Newroz.

“It was quite exciting when Khalegh told me that he had found Newroz. Other researchers, some of my grad students and I had previously looked for it, and I had even spent some time trying to prove that it didn’t exist!”

Richard Evan Schwartz

Chancellor’s Professor of Mathematics at Brown University and author of Really Big Numbers.

“I never really think about solving a particular problem. Rather, I just think about getting a clearer picture of what is going on.

Bryce Summer

Independent game developer from southern California who created Folds.

“When I’m coming up with ideas for games I start out with one simple goal: I want something that’s easy to learn how to play but at the same time has enough depth to keep you playing.”

Emily Vanderpol

Outreach Exhibits coordinator for the newly opened Museum of Mathematics in NYC.

EmilyLevitatingAcrobats“I know the young readers of Math Munch already get how cool math is but I hope they realize that they have more power than they think and they should share that knowledge with grown-ups too.” 

Dearing Wang

Mathematical Artist and creator of Dearing Draws.

“For me the essence of art is mathematical, and the essence of mathematics is to portray beauty and harmony and therefore art.”

Kevin Wang

College student in Chicago who created Fifteen Furlongs to explore unit conversions.

“A lot of my friends in primary school found math to be boring without knowing any practical applications, but math is everywhere, and it’s those applications that are interesting!”

Carolyn Yackel

Carolyn YackelAssociate Professor of Mathematics at Mercer University and a wonderful temari ball artist.

“The secret is that you cannot fall behind in your own life. Everyone understands things in their own way and on their own timeline.”

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    • Hmmm, most likely XD
      Well sometimes you need to total your profits and stuff like that….
      Engineers need geometry. Any other jobs you can think of?

  4. How can I send you my diagram and photographs for representing how our social system is arranged and operates?

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