1988 (age 32–33)
|Occupation||YouTube personality, educator, inventor|
|Known for||Mathematical/musical YouTube videos|
Victoria Hart (born 1988), commonly known as Vi Hart (/ , /), is an American mathematician and YouTuber. They describe themselves as a "recreational mathemusician" and are well-known for creating mathematical videos on YouTube. Hart founded the virtual reality research group eleVR and has co-authored several research papers on computational geometry and the mathematics of paper folding.
Together with another YouTube mathematics popularizer, Matt Parker, Hart won the 2018 Communications Award of the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics for "entertaining, thought-provoking mathematics and music videos on YouTube that explain mathematical concepts through doodles".
Early life and education
Hart is the child of mathematical sculptor George W. Hart, and received a degree in music at Stony Brook University. Hart identifies as "gender agnostic"; in a video released in 2015, they spoke about their lack of gender identity—including lacking non-binary identities such as agender—and their attitude to gendered terms such as pronouns as a "linguistic game" that they were not interested in playing. They indicated that they have no preference and do not care which pronouns they are called by.
Hart's career as a mathematics popularizer began in 2010 with a video series about "doodling in math class". After these recreational mathematics videos — which introduced topics like fractal dimensions — grew popular, they were featured in The New York Times and on National Public Radio, eventually gaining the support of the Khan Academy and making videos for the educational site as their "Resident Mathemusician". Many of Hart's videos combined mathematics and music, such as "Twelve tones", which was called "deliriously and delightfully profound" by Salon.
Together with Henry Segerman, Hart wrote "The Quaternion Group as a Symmetry Group", which was included in the anthology The Best Writing on Mathematics 2015.
In 2014, Hart founded a research group called eleVR, with Emily Eifler and Andrea Hawksley, to research virtual reality (VR). The group created VR videos, and had also collaborated on educational computer games. They created the game Hypernom, where the player has to eat part of 4 dimensional polytopes which are stereographically projected into 3D and viewed using a virtual reality headset. In June, eleVR released an open source web video player that worked with the Oculus Rift. In the same year Hart created the playable blog post Parable of the Polygons with Nicky Case. The game was based on economist Thomas Schelling's Dynamic Models of Segregation. In May 2016, eleVR joined Y Combinator Research (YCR) as part of the Human Advancement Research Community (HARC) project, in which Hart was listed as a Principal Investigator.
As of 2020, Hart is a Senior Research Project Manager at Microsoft.
- George W. Hart, Vi Hart's father, and influential geometer, and creator of the online Encyclopedia of Polyhedra.
- "Khan Academy's mathemusician Vi Hart brings dull lessons to life". Wired. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
- "Mathematical artist: Why hyperbolic space is awesome". New Scientist. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
- "FAQ". Vi Hart.com. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
- Chang, Kenneth (January 17, 2011), "Bending and Stretching Classroom Lessons to Make Math Inspire", The New York Times.
- Bell, Melissa (December 17, 2010), "Making math magic: Vi Hart doodles her lessons", The Washington Post.
- Krulwich, Robert (December 16, 2010), I Hate Math! (Not After This, You Won't), NPR
- Vi Hart at DBLP Bibliography Server . Retrieved March 29, 2014.
- "Reshaping the Universe: VR Landscapes Explore Mind-Bending Geometry".
- "Vi Hart and Matt Parker to Receive 2018 JPBM Communications Awards", News, Events and Announcements, American Mathematical Society, December 8, 2017
- Hart, Vi [@vihartvihart] (April 30, 2014). "Fun fact: I consider myself gender agnostic. "Person," not "Woman," please. I respect your religion, but don't like having it pushed on me" (Tweet). Archived from the original on March 5, 2016 – via Twitter.
- Hart, Vi (June 8, 2015). On Gender (Online video). YouTube.
- "I Hate Math! (Not After This, You Won't)". NPR.org. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
- Khan Academy (January 3, 2012), Announcement, retrieved January 7, 2018
- Gans, Joshua (January 24, 2012). "Learning on Speed". Harvard Business Review. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
- Leonard, Andrew (June 28, 2013). "The mad genius of Vi Hart". Salon. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
- Hart, Vi; Segerman, Henry (January 12, 2016). "The Quaternion Group as a Symmetry Group". In Pitici, Mircea (ed.). The Best Writing on Mathematics 2015. Princeton University Press. pp. 141–153. arXiv:1404.6596. Bibcode:2014arXiv1404.6596H. ISBN 9781400873371.
- "About Us". eleVR. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
- Case, Nicky; Hart, Vi. "Parable of the Polygons". Retrieved December 12, 2014.
- Bhatia, Aatish (December 8, 2014). "Empirical Zeal How Small Biases Lead to a Divided World: An Interactive Exploration of Racial Segregation". Wired.
- "Introducing eleVR – Vi Hart". vihart.com.
- Lawson-Perfect, Christian (July 31, 2015). "Hypernom". The Aperiodical. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
- Hart, Vi; Hawksley, Andrea; Segerman, Henry; Bosch, Marc ten (July 21, 2015). "Hypernom: Mapping VR Headset Orientation to S^3". Proceedings of Bridges 2015: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture. pp. 387–390. arXiv:1507.05707. Bibcode:2015arXiv150705707H.
- "eleVR: the first web video player for virtual reality".
- Farokhmanesh, Megan (December 11, 2014). "A visual guide to bias, as explained by adorable shapes". Polygon.
- "eleVR leaving YCR – elevr". elevr.com.
- Altman, Sam (May 11, 2016). "HARC". Y Combinator Blog. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
- Allen, Danielle (April 21, 2020). "Roadmap to Pandemic Resilience" (PDF). Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. Harvard University. Retrieved April 21, 2020.
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