22 Oct 2019

Meet Eugenia Cheng



Meet The Mathematician

Eugenia Loh-Gene Cheng is most commonly known as an English mathematician and pianist. But she is also a Scientist-in-Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as 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 maths more approachable. She is the author of the popular book “How to Bake Pi”. It’s a book that compares maths to baking. It includes experiments such as explaining exponentials with a Napoleon vanilla slice.

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Before working at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she held academic appointments at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, the University of Sheffield, and the University of Chicago. She works with the University of Sheffield as a senior lecturer of pure mathematics.

But now, Cheng is based at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Here she teaches maths to art students. During her career, she has published over a dozen research papers across several journals within her area of category theory.

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Outside Of Maths

She is also a classical pianist and the founder of Liederstube as an oasis for art songs in the Fine Arts Building, in downtown Chicago. The mission of Liederstube, is to present and enjoy classical music in an intimate, but informal setting.

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This article was written by Stemette Society member, Savinay.

Last updated April 2022

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