Ed Alcock: Journalist in Residence, Spring 2003

Ed Alcock is a award-winning editorial photographer based in Paris, France. His work is regularly published in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Observer, The Independent, The Telegraph and Liberation.

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 the MSRI can be seen here, whilst examples of his other work can be seen on his web site.

He can be contacted by email at ed@edalcock.com.

Links to Ed Alcock's Work

The pictures which can be seen here, and which were published in The New York Times and The (London) Guardian, 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, Paul Erdos the number theorist once said, is a machine for converting coffee into theorems. This photo-essay offers a rare glimpse into the truth factory.

My images from the world premiere of Ira Hauptman's play, Partition, at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley, were exhibited at the Institut Henri Poincaré in Paris in 2005.

The successful publication of these projects illustrates the appetite of the general public for more information about mathematics and mathematicians, and the importance of initiatives like the JIR program in communicating about mathematics.

Ed Alcock, Paris, France 2006

Alcock, Journalist in Residence