Do Not Erase: Mathematicians and Their Chalkboards

by Jessica Wynne (BFA ‘94)

July 30th, 2021


Jessica Wynne at work.


Do Not Erase:

Mathematicians and Their Chalkboards

Jessica Wynne

Published by Princeton University Press, 2021

240 pages, including 110 color illus.


In Do Not Erase, photographer Jessica Wynne presents remarkable examples of this idea through images of mathematicians’ chalkboards. While other fields have replaced chalkboards with whiteboards and digital presentations, mathematicians remain loyal to chalk for puzzling out their ideas and communicating their research. Wynne offers more than one hundred stunning photographs of these chalkboards, gathered from a diverse group of mathematicians around the world. The photographs are accompanied by essays from each mathematician, reflecting on their work and processes. Together, pictures and words provide an illuminating meditation on the unique relationships among mathematics, art, and creativity.



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