Eugenia Cheng

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. Previously, Dr. Cheng taught at the University of Cambridge, University of Chicago, and University of Nice. Alongside her research in category theory and undergraduate teaching, her aim is to rid the world of “maths phobia.” Dr. Cheng was an early pioneer of mathematics on YouTube, and her videos have over 15 million views. She has assisted with mathematics in elementary, middle, and high schools for 20 years. Dr. Cheng’s 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 wrote The Art of Logic, the children’s book Molly and the Mathematical Mystery, and x + y: A Mathematician’s Manifesto for Re-Thinking Gender. Dr. Cheng writes the Everyday Math column for the Wall Street Journal; completed mathematical art commissions for Hotel EMC2, 6018 North, the Lubeznik Center, and the Chicago Cultural Center; and founded the Liederstube. She earned a PhD in pure mathematics from the University of Cambridge.