12 May 2019

Dr Eugenia Cheng: Curing maths phobia with food and music

From Sunday Morning, 11:04 am on 12 May 2019
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Dr Eugenia Cheng has managed to blend her passion for maths, music and food to carve out her career. She's currently Scientist In Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Alongside her research in Category Theory 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 acclaim. Her next book, Beyond Infinity, was published in 2017. Eugenia is also math columnist for the Wall Street Journal, a concert pianist and founder of the Liederstube.

She's in Auckland for the Writers Festival to talk about her latest book, The Art of Logic: How to Make Sense in a World that Doesn't. She speaks to Jim Mora ahead of her appearance at the festival including her husband, the baritone Peter Wesoloski, singing alongside her piano performance.