Rethinking gender with mathematician Eugenia Cheng


This rerun was originally broadcast on September 16, 2020.

A mathematician turns gender into a mathematical problem. We hear how mathematics can help us rethink entrenched conceptions of gender.


Eugenie Cheng, mathematician, teacher, concert pianist and author. Scientist in Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Author of “X + Y: A Mathematician’s Manifesto for Rethinking Gender” and “Molly and the Mathematical Mysteries: Ten Interactive Adventures in Mathematical Wonderland”. (@DrEugeniaCheng)

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