Dr Eugenia Cheng

Mathematician, concert pianist and scientist in residence

Dr Eugenia Cheng is a mathematician and concert pianist. She is Scientist in Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and won tenure at the University of Sheffield, UK, where she is now Honorary Fellow. She has a PhD in pure mathematics from the University of Cambridge. Alongside her research in Category Theory and undergraduate teaching her aim is to rid the world of ‘maths phobia’. Eugenia was an early pioneer of mathematics on YouTube and her videos have been viewed over 10 million times. Her first popular maths book, How to Bake Pi, was featured on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and Beyond Infinity was shortlisted for the Royal Society Science Book Prize 2017. She writes the Everyday Math column for the Wall Street Journal, and recently completely her first mathematical art commission. Her next book, The Art of Logic, is out in 2018.

If you could change one thing about the world through your work, what would it be?

That the world would become more collaborative than competitive.

We are beyond borders

“I wasn’t expecting to feel so emotional today about real life stories. It was very, very powerful. Just get out there and talk to people. Get out of your comfort zone. Be more generous.”

– TEDxLondonSalon attendee

Favourite TED Talk:

Elizabeth Nyamayaro
An invitation to men who want a better world for women

Meet the TEDxLondon speakers

Peter Drobac

Global health physician, social entrepreneur and Co-Founder of the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda

Omar Khan

Director of Runnymede and social justice advocate

London School of Bollywood

Bollywood dance team

Emmanuel Speaks

Performance poet, storyteller and musician

Alex Lloyd

OPENx winner, youth justice activist and rock climber

Laura Caccia

OPENx winner, AI researcher and outdoor swimmer

Jamala Osman

OPENx winner, former bank manager and social entrepreneur

Akashi Alam

OPENx winner, medical student and chicken shop enthusiast
Will Young and Christopher Sweeney

Will Young and Christopher Sweeney

Creators of the Homo Sapiens podcast

Grace Savage

Champion beatboxer, artist, actress and dog lover

Winnie M Li

Author, activist, Co-Founder of Clear Lines Festival and PhD researcher

Leng Montgomery

LGBT and trans activist, diversity and inclusion specialist and keen amateur chef

Prof Ian Barnes

Research leader and ancient DNA specialist

Dr Eugenia Cheng

Mathematician, concert pianist and scientist in residence

Andy Coxall

Social anthropologist, youth mentor and youth leadership advocate

Prof Martin Cowie

Professor of Cardiology, Consultant Cardiologist and travel lover

Simon Bucknall

Public speaking expert, executive speaker coach and fan of historical fiction

Justice 4 Grenfell

Campaigners and community activists Yvette, Moyra and Tasha

Prof David Rothery

Professor of Planetary Geosciences and part of the BepiColombo mission to Mercury

Dr Julia Shaw

Psychological scientist, science author and co-founder of Spot