Rage of the Blackboard: A Tour

I’ve always found great beauty in the way illustrations can convey a lot of information in a succinct, elegant, and beautiful way. I am a big fan of art especially when it intersects with math.

While on Twitter, I ran into a wonderful illustration of Field Medalist Maryam Mirzakhani on May 12 (see Figure 1). Her birthday was chosen as a day to celebrate women in mathematics (you can read more in:在数学中庆祝妇女的假期May12.WomeninMath.org随着这个优秀的概述科学项目中的性别差距).

图1:Obtained from Rage the Blackboard帖子in honor of Maryam Mirzakhani.

This wonderful illustration was made by mathematical physicist and illustratorDr. Constanza Rojas-Molina(有时候也在她的插图的假名E. A. Casanova下面。

Originally from Chile, she is a Lecturer at the CY Cergy Paris University in France. She is also the author of the blogThe RAGE of the Blackboard那where she interviews female scientists and reflects on life in academia.

Rage the Blackboard is divided into four sections: the main part of the blog, Blackboard Whisperers, The Questionnaire, and Art&Science. Each section features different styles of interviews or graphic summaries. For example, one questionnaire features is that of Francisca Onaolapo Oladipo (see Figure 2) a Computer Scientist in Nigeria, and a participant of the 2017 edition of theHeidelberg Laureate Forum.“She developed educational software to help girls that couldn’t attend school (or weren’t allowed to) in some parts of her country”.

图3.:The Questionnaire of… Francisca Onaolapo Oladipo fromRage The Blackboard

One of the first things that caught my attention on the blog was the name itself. As she describes on her blog,

“博客的标题参考了愤怒的黑板,也参考了愤怒的黑板,而不是愤怒的定理,以数学物理学家D. Ruelle,W.Amrein,V.Georgescu和V.Ins。想象一下在一些材料中移动的电子,如金属表面或块。

Mathematically, one can describe how the movement of the particle evolves in time and space, using awave functionto represent the probability that the particle is somewhere at a given time (the quantum analog of its position in space), and using alinear operator(calledHamiltonian) to represent its energy, where the effect of the environment on the particle is encoded.

愤怒定理大致涉及波浪功能的时间演变spectrumof the operator. More specifically, with the光谱措施,一种对频谱性质进行编码的对象。这个定理是一个更具体的混凝土和“物理”,如粒子的动态(粒子停留或将会去的物理“,与线性操作员作用的光谱测量相关联在A.希尔伯特空间。”

如果对愤怒定理的这种解释引起了您的兴趣,您还可以找到它的奇妙插图(见图3)。我喜欢这个例证,这就是它分解定理的不同方面/组成部分:作者和年份,其组件小摘要的声明以及其动机。

Image describes the statement of the Rage Theorem.

图3.:Rojas-Molina博士所说明的愤怒定理。

I was so curious about the inspiration behind it, that I reached out to Dr. Rojas-Molina to get to know more about what motivated her to illustrate and start her blog.

VRQ: Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself and your blog?

CRM:我是一个数学家。我来自智利,一个d I have moved a lot. I did my graduate studies in France, and after visiting for a while in Slovenia, I did my postdocs in Germany. I was a lecturer in Germany and now, in France. I work on random Schrödinger operators and Anderson localization, a topic in the field of mathematical-physics that combines analysis, probability, and physics.

I’m also an illustrator, whenever I’m not dealing with operators or writing grant proposals. I combine all of my interests in a blog called The RAGE of the Blackboard (RAGE as in the RAGE theorem), where I interview established female mathematicians and write about academia and maths. In this blog, I write and illustrate the articles myself, and I think of it also as a playground for experimenting in science communication. Lately, I’ve been using other social media platforms for my work, like Twitter and Instagram, but I still work on articles for my blog. Even if it looks like I’m not very active there, I have a pile of material waiting for my next holidays to get ready for the blog!

VRQ:你通过博客学到的最有趣的东西是什么?

CRM:我从受访者那里学到了很多东西。所有这些都教我了一些东西。有一件事脱颖而出:他们对成功的定义与通常的成功截然不同。它与均衡的生活和令人满意的研究和教学经历有关,而不是与奖项和竞争有关。他们是富有同情心的,他们在考虑研究时想到他们的学生,他们在考虑教学时思考研究。这是一个非常人性化的专业成功,这就是我渴望的。我想再加一件事。我已经学到了什么:

  • Doing the blog has taught me a lot about processes, starting from an idea until reaching a finished outcome. I intended it as a playground to experiment and it’s exactly what I did. I learned about how to run an interview, recording, transcribing the audio, communicating with the interviewees, selecting the text, trying to make a coherent story.
  • 我学会了推广社交媒体的文章,外出,并展示我的工作和受访者的工作。为了说明我对我的受访者和他们的研究读了很多文章!我浏览了他们的研究文章,有时甚至是他们的博士学位。论文。我学到了很多关于女性数学家如何运行他们的专业和个人生活,他们如何找到平衡,以及学术界如何工作。
  • 并非一切都熟练,我也从错误中学到了。我学会了不那么天真,知道有些可能出错,并相应地组织自己。我也学到了很多关于我自己的事。对我来说重要的是什么,而不是什么,谁激发了我,以及我想要的学术是什么。

VRQ: I am fascinated by your art, what motivated you to become an illustrator?

CRM:I’ve always been interested in drawing. Since I can remember, I was always drawing everything around me. We all start like that, but some people stop. I just kept doing it, and I always loved to hear and to read stories, so comics were my favorite medium. At some point during my Ph.D., I started drawing what I would see around me: academia, maths, and the lack of women in science.

博士。有时可能会令人沮丧,所以绘制帮助我处理并应对它。那些仍然是我插图中的主要主题,因为这是我在日常生活中暴露的东西,以及我最受关注的东西。我对简单地镜像在纸上的经验并不感兴趣,而是必要时反思和批评。因为有美,但它是一个非常不完美的美丽。毕竟科学家是人类的!

VRQ:您是否对其他有兴趣创建博客/插图的数学家有建议?

CRM:I would suggest finding your community. Even if it’s you and one friend. Being a scientist and science communicator is still rare in the academic environment, so it can be a very lonely experience. Besides that, there isn’t something in place to help with the transition out of academia in case you want to do science communication full time. But actually, there are communities of science communicators out there and there are many events for people with similar interests, so go out and meet them! It’s great to have people to give you objective feedback and constructive criticism. And lastly, remember: “finished, not perfect” (a quote by illustrator Jake Parker).

Do you have suggestions of topics or blogs you would like us to consider covering in upcoming posts? Reach out to us in the comments below or let us know on Twitter (@MissVRiveraQ).

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About Vanessa Rivera-Quinones

Mathematics Ph.D. with a passion for telling stories through numbers using mathematical models, data science, science communication, and education. Follow her on Twitter: @VRiveraQPhD.
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