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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Eugenia Cheng  

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Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Cheng currently lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Eugenia Cheng is the scientist in residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an Honorary Fellow at the University of Sheffield.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Beyond Infinity: An Expedition to the Outer Limits of Mathematics
ISBN: 1541644131. OCLC Number: 975485516

Basic Books. .

A mathematician and scientist in residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago helps readers explore the concept of infinity through unique concepts including chessboards, a chicken-sandwich sandwich and the creation of infinite cookies from an infinite dough ball.--

How to Bake Pi: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics
ISBN: 0465097677. OCLC Number: 893455136

Basic Books. .

In How to Bake Pi, math professor Eugenia Cheng provides an accessible introduction to the logic and beauty of mathematics, powered, unexpectedly, by insights from the kitchen: we learn, for example, how the beĢchamel in a lasagna can be a lot like the number 5, and why making a good custard proves that math is easy but life is hard--Publisher information.

The Art of Logic in an Illogical World
ISBN: 1541672488. OCLC Number: 1019991677

Basic Books. .

In a world where fake news stories change election outcomes, has rationality become futile? In The Art of Logic in an Illogical World, Eugenia Cheng throws a lifeline to readers drowning in the illogic of contemporary life. Cheng is a mathematician, so she knows how to make an airtight argument. But even for her, logic sometimes falls prey to emotion, which is why she still fears flying and eats more cookies than she should. If a mathematician can't be logical, what are we to do? In this book, Cheng reveals the inner workings and limitations of logic, and explains why alogic--for example, emotion--is vital to how we think and communicate. Cheng shows us how to use logic and alogic together to navigate a world awash in bigotry, mansplaining, and manipulative memes. Insightful, useful, and funny, this essential book is for anyone who wants to think more