“Do Not Erase”


Sahar Khan’s blackboard at Columbia University.

For the last year, Jessica Wynne, a photographer and professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, has been photographing mathematicians’ blackboards, finding art in the swirling gangs of symbols sketched in the heat of imagination, argument and speculation. “Do Not Erase,” a collection of these images, will be published by Princeton University Press in the fall of 2020.


Amie Wilkinson, of the University of Chicago, at the Institut Poincare in Paris.

“I am attracted to the timeless beauty and physicality of the mathematicians’ chalkboard, and to their higher aspiration to uncover the truth and solve a problem,” Ms. Wynne said… “Their imagination guides them and they see images first, not words. They see pictures before meaning.”


Shuai Wang, Columbia University.


David Gabai, Princeton University.

(Jessica Wynne, Dennis Overbye, “Where Theory Meets Chalk, Dust Flies,” NYTimes, 9-23-19)

(c) 2019 JMN

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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