Dr. Eugenia Cheng

2017 Festival

Dr. Eugenia Cheng

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Dr. Eugenia Cheng is a mathematician and pianist. She is Scientist In Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and won tenure in Pure Mathematics at the University of Sheffield, UK. She is now Honorary Fellow at the University of Sheffield and Honorary Visiting Fellow at City University, London. Alongside her research and undergraduate teaching her aim is to rid the world of “math phobia.”

Her first popular math book, How to Bake Pi, was published in 2015 to widespread acclaim, and she was interviewed around the world. Cheng was an early pioneer of math on YouTube and her videos have been viewed over a million times. She has also assisted with mathematics in elementary schools and high schools for almost 20 years. Her next popular math book, Beyond Infinity, launched in March 2017. She is also a concert pianist and runs the Liederstube, a nonprofit organization in Chicago bringing classical music to a wider audience. Her first art commission is from Hotel EMC2 in Chicago, and consists of mathematical chalkboard installations that was hung in April 2017.