Ed Alcock: Journalist in Residence, Spring 2003
He completed a Ph.D. in mathematics in 1999 at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London. The main result of his thesis is published in the "Journal of Algebra". His documentary work on MSRI can be seen here, whilst examples of his other work can be seen on his web site.
Links to Ed Alcock's Work"The pictures linked below, and which were published in The New York Times and The Guardian (London), were produced in 2003 during a month spent at MSRI, as part of their journalist-in-residence (JIR) program. As a former mathematician, with a Ph.D. in algebra, it was a challenging experience to return to the world of mathematical research with the aim of communicating to an audience oblivious to the beauty of group theory or the intricacies of a spectral sequence just what mathematicians do with their days. A mathematician, as number theorist Paul Erdős once said, is a machine for converting coffee into theorems. This photo-essay offers a rare glimpse into the truth factory.
- The New York Times feature with pictures from MSRI (PDF)
- The New York Times feature on Paris (requires Adobe Flash Player)
- Feature on Mathematicians in Le Monde (PDF)
- Pictures from the play Partition by Ira Hauptman about Hardy and Ramanujan
- Review of the play by Ken Ribet in the Notices of the AMS (PDF)