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Remo Giuffre
Founder & Director
Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia

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Margaret Wertheim

Founder+Director | Institute For Figuring

Los Angeles, United States

"Bringing into consciousness the artistic dimensions of science."

Generally thinking:

Creativity & Design
Body, Mind & Science

My tags:


Very good at:
+ bringing science and art together
+ making science and math accessible to the public
+ teaching math concepts through craft practices

About me & my work:

I am the Founder and Director for The Institute For Figuring ... a non-profit, Los-Angeles based organization dedicated to the poetic and aesthetic dimensions of science and mathematics. From the physics of snowflakes to the hyperbolic geometry of sea slugs and the mathematics of paper folding, the Institute takes as its purview a complex ecology of figuring. In its practice, the IFF pioneers creative new methods for engaging the public about scientific issues by putting people and communities at the core. Co-founded with my sister Christine Wertheim, a member of the Critical Studies faculty at California Institute of the Arts, the IFF specializes in creating participatory projects in which communities build large-scale artworks inspired by discoveries and techniques stemming from scientific and mathematical research. The IFF has curated exhibitions and programming for institutions around the world including the the Hayward Gallery (London), Art Center College of Design (Pasadena), Science Gallery (Dublin), University of Southern California (Los Angeles), Santa Monica Museum of Art, and the the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History (Washington D.C.)

My links:

Institute For Figuring | IFF main website

Crochet Coral Reef | Website for worldwide art+science project, the Crochet Coral Reef

Physics on the Fringe | Website of my latest book, about the geniuses, mavericks and outsiders who invent alternative theories of the universe.

The Beautiful Math of Coral | My 2009 TED Talk


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