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How to Bake Pi with Eugenia Cheng

March 29, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

“A singular humanization of the mathematical project.” —Booklist, starred review

There are few who are brave enough to spar with Stephen Colbert, and even fewer who would proclaim to a decidedly numbers-averse populace that math is both fun and relevant. Eugenia Cheng is the brazen mathematician who has taken on both the king of late-night comedy and algebraphobics. In her book, How to Bake Pi, Cheng uses recipes for treats like chocolate brownies as an entry point to understanding what math is. She visits Scripps to reflect on the joy of bringing math to the masses and the experience of being a woman in STEM.

Cheng is senior lecturer of pure mathematics at the University of Sheffield and is currently on sabbatical in the U.S., where she is scientist in residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her YouTube lectures, beginning in 2007, have been viewed over a million times to date. Her latest book, Beyond Infinity: An Expedition to the Outer Limits of Mathematics, will be published this year.

This program is made possible by the Alexa Fullerton Hampton ’42 Endowed Speaker Fund.