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Aug. 29, 2012

Picture Another Mathematician

by Annette Heist

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A couple weeks ago, we featured the work of photographer and mathematician Robert V. Moody, who says he likes to capture his fellow mathematicians while they're lecturing or talking about math. Since most of Moody's photos are of men, I asked readers to send in the names of photographers who have focused on some women in the field. (In response, Moody sent the photo of Ingrid Daubechies, above.)
 
Several of you wrote to tell me about photographer Mariana Cook. The images below are from her book Mathematicians: An Inner View of the Outer World. (That's Ingrid Daubechies again, below.)
 
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Laura McHugh of the Mathematical Association of America wrote to tell me about mathematician and photographer Paul Halmos. Throughout his career, Halmos snapped thousands of photos of his fellow mathematicians. After his death, Halmos's wife donated the photos to the University of Texas's Archives of American Mathematics. The photos are in the process of being digitized and made available online according to archivist Carol Mead, who sent the photos below.
 
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You can see more of Halmos's images here: Mathematical Association of America: Who's that mathematician? Images from the Paul R. Halmos Collection.
 
And for more proof that mathematics isn't a man's world, check out the Association for Women in Mathematics and the Women Doing Mathematics section of the American Mathematical Society.
About Annette Heist

Annette Heist is a former senior producer for Science Friday.

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