Eugenia Cheng
Published July 7, 2017
Updated April 10, 2021

Eugenia Cheng is a mathematician and pianist based in Chicago. She is the scientist in residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Previously, she was a professor of pure mathematics at the University of Sheffield in the U.K.

Cheng is an expert in mathematics who focuses on ending “math-phobia” through innovative teaching methods. She is a popular YouTube personality, producing videos that aim to demonstrate that math can be fun. In 2015, she wrote How to Bake Pi, a book that explains mathematics through food. Her latest book, 2020’s x + y: A Mathematician’s Manifesto for Rethinking Gender. She writes the Everyday Math column for the Wall Street Journal.

She is also a concert pianist and the founder of Liederstube, a not-for-profit organization in Chicago dedicated to bringing classical music to a wider audience.

Expertise: Innovative undergraduate teaching methods, concert piano, gender and mathematics, fear of math

Location: Chicago, Ill.


Twitter: @DrEugeniaCheng

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