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