"Faces of Mathematics" penetrates the esoteric world of University mathematics research and presents the human side of this most austere and challenging area of modern science. Focussing on the personalities of twenty influential mathematicians, the exhibition features large-format black and white portraits, taken by the photographer Marc Atkins. Alongside each of the portraits, a text-based display panel conveys the subject's research interests and personal viewpoint on mathematics, and a video loop shows the subject in conversation about their own research and other mathematical ideas.

To see a larger portrait image, and to find out more about the individual subjects, click on a small image above.

Information on the philosophy and practice behind Faces of Mathematics.

Faces of Mathematics has recently been on show at the 2003 conference of the Mathematical Association at The University of East Anglia, and was previously shown at the Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. You can see some images of the exhibition in Oxford.

Marc Atkins (photography & video production) has lived and worked in Europe and North America and has exhibited extensively including London, Paris, Rome and New York. His work has been published in books and magazines worldwide, and features in both private and public collections, including the National Portrait Gallery, London. More information about Marc Atkins' photography and other artwork can be found here, and at the p a n o p t i k a site.

Nick Gilbert (Project coordinator) is a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. He regularly publishes research work in group theory and topology, and has a particular interest in the public understanding of mathematics. He is a London Mathematical Society Holgate Lecturer.

For more information about the Faces of Mathematics project, about Marc Atkins' work, or about the public understanding of mathematics, please contact:

Marc Atkins
(Photography and Video Production)
WWW: marcatkins.com

Nick Gilbert
(Project Co-ordinator)
Department of Mathematics, Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton, Edinburgh EH14 4AS.
Phone: 0131 451 3718
Fax: 0131 451 3249
Email: ndg@ma.hw.ac.uk

  Faces of Mathematics is funded by a 'Partnership in Public Understanding Award' from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. http://www.epsrc.ac.uk.