Biography of a 

Real-Life Mathematician

WHo is a REal-life Mathematician?

In Spring 2020 semester, I decided to have my students interview living mathematicians by training, by trade, or by hobby.  Many liberal arts-facing survey courses have students explore past mathematical "greats"--Gauss, Euler, Newton--but I wanted my students to see that math is a living, breathing subject where things are continually being discovered. 

The final poster can be seen in the snapshot below.  The images across the top are students in the course who chose to submit their photo for inclusion on the poster - in the process of taking this course and working through this and other projects, they are realizing that each of them is, indeed, a Real-Life Mathematician !  The individual poster files can be found at the bottom of this page.

Note: The majority of the posters have been left unedited as presented by students with their impression from their interviews.  If there is a factual error that you would like me to fix, please email me and I will get the original file from the student and make the appropriate adjustments.  

My experiences with this assignment are published in the 2021 June/July issue of the MAA FOCUS.  

STudent COmments

REal LIfe Mathematician Poster

Zoomed in portions of the poster

Spring 2020 Real-Life Mathematicians 

(use the Drop Down arrow to show List of Mathematicians)