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A brilliant mathematician examines the complexity of gender and society and forges a path out of inequality. Why are men in charge? After years in the maledominated field of mathematics and in the femaledominated field of art, Eugenia Cheng has heard the question many times. In x + y, Cheng argues that her mathematical specialty  category theory  reveals why. Category theory deals more with context, relationships, and nuanced versions of equality than with intrinsic characteristics. Category theory also emphasizes dimensionality: much as a cube can cast a square or diamond shadow, depending on your perspective, so too do gender politics appear to change with how we examine them....read more

What is math? And how exactly does it work? In How to Bake Pi, math professor Eugenia Cheng provides and accessible introduction to the logic of mathematicssprinkled throughout with recipes for everything from crispy duck to cornbreadthat illustrates to the general listener the beauty of math. Rather than dwell on the math of our high school classes, with formulas to memorize an confusing symbols to decipher, Cheng takes us into a world of abstract mathematics, showing us how math can be so much more than we ever thought possible. Cheng is an expert on category theory, a cuttingedge subject that is all about figuring out how math works, a kind of mathematics of mathematics. In How to...read more

How both logical and emotional reasoning can help us live better in our posttruth world 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...read more

'[Cheng] does a great service by showing us nonmathematician schlubs how real mathematical creativity works.'  Wall Street Journal How big is the universe? How many numbers are there? And is infinity + 1 is the same as 1 + infinity? Such questions occur to young children and our greatest minds. And they are all the same question: What is infinity? In Beyond Infinity, Eugenia Cheng takes us on a staggering journey from elemental math to its loftiest abstractions. Along the way, she considers how to use a chessboard to plan a worldwide dinner party, how to make a chickensandwich sandwich, and how to create infinite cookies from a finite ball of dough. Beyond Infinity shows how one...read more