22 Oct 2019

Meet Eugenia Cheng


Eugenia Loh-Gene Cheng is an English mathematician, pianist, Scientist-in-Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an honorary fellow of pure mathematics at the University of Sheffield.

As well as doing her own research into the field of higher-dimensional category theory, she’s determined to make mathematics more approachable. She is the author of the popular mathematics book “How to Bake Pi: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics” published by Basic Books (UK title: “Cakes, Custard and Category Theory: easy recipes for complex maths”, published by Profile.). It’s a book that equates mathematics to baking such as explaining exponentials with a mille feuille.

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Before working at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Cheng has held academic appointments at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, the University of Sheffield and the University of Chicago. Cheng is still affiliated to the University of Sheffield as a senior lecturer of pure mathematics but is now based at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she teaches mathematics to art students. She has published over a dozen research papers across several journals within her area of category theory.

She is not just a mathematician and author, she’s also a classical pianist and the founder of Liederstube as an oasis for art song in the Fine Arts Building, in downtown Chicago. The mission of Liederstube is to present and enjoy classical music in an intimate and informal setting.

She’s a remarkable woman and if you want to know more, listen to this episode of the Life Scientific!
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This piece was written by Stemette Society member, Savinay.

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