Ed Alcock: Journalist in Residence, Spring 2003
* Biographical information was current at time of publication.
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". Examples of his 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 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 MSRI's Journalist in Residence program in communicating about mathematics."
- Ed Alcock, 2006
His 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 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)
- The Guardian feature "Life: Beautiful minds caught on camera"
- 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)