Vi Hart

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Vi Hart
Hart while attending Stony Brook University sitting on top of a finished project
Hart while attending Stony Brook University, sitting on top of a finished project
Born
Victoria Hart

1988 (age 30–31)
NationalityAmerican
OccupationYoutube Personality, Educator, Inventor
Known forMathematical/musical YouTube videos
Websitewww.vihart.com

Victoria Hart (born 1988),[1][2] commonly known as Vi Hart (/ˈv hɑːrt, ˈv hɑːrt/),[3] is a self-described "recreational mathemusician" who is well known for creating mathematical videos on YouTube.[4][5][6] Hart founded the virtual reality research group eleVR and has co-authored several research papers on computational geometry and the mathematics of paper folding.[7][8]

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".[9]

Early life and education[edit]

Hart is the child of mathematical sculptor George W. Hart, and received a degree in music at Stony Brook University.[4] Hart identifies as "gender agnostic";[10] in a video released in 2015, they spoke about their lack of gender identity—including lacking genderqueer identities such as agender—and their attitude to gendered terms such as pronouns as a "linguistic game" that they didn't wish to play.[11]

Career[edit]

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 dimension — grew popular, they were featured in The New York Times and on National Public Radio,[4][12] eventually gaining the support of the Khan Academy and making videos for the educational site as their "Resident Mathemusician".[13][14] Many of Hart's videos combined mathematics and music, such as "Twelve tones", which was called "deliriously and delightfully profound" by Salon.[15]

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.[16]

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.[17][18][19][3][20] 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.[21][22] In June, eleVR released an open source web video player that worked with the Oculus Rift.[23] 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.[18][24] In May 2016, eleVR joined Y Combinator Research (YCR) as part of the Human Advancement Research Community (HARC) project[25], in which Hart was listed as a Principal Investigator.[26]

See also[edit]

  • Flexagon
  • George W. Hart, Vi Hart's father, and influential geometer, and creator of the online Encyclopedia of Polyhedra.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Khan Academy's mathemusician Vi Hart brings dull lessons to life". Wired. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  2. ^ "Mathematical artist: Why hyperbolic space is awesome". New Scientist. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "FAQ". Vi Hart.com. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c Chang, Kenneth (January 17, 2011), "Bending and Stretching Classroom Lessons to Make Math Inspire", The New York Times.
  5. ^ Bell, Melissa (December 17, 2010), "Making math magic: Vi Hart doodles her lessons", The Washington Post.
  6. ^ Krulwich, Robert (December 16, 2010), I Hate Math! (Not After This, You Won't), NPR
  7. ^ Vi Hart at DBLP Bibliography Server Edit this at Wikidata. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
  8. ^ "Reshaping the Universe: VR Landscapes Explore Mind-Bending Geometry".
  9. ^ "Vi Hart and Matt Parker to Receive 2018 JPBM Communications Awards", News, Events and Announcements, American Mathematical Society, December 8, 2017
  10. ^ 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) – via Twitter.
  11. ^ Hart, Vi (June 8, 2015). On Gender (Online video). YouTube.
  12. ^ "I Hate Math! (Not After This, You Won't)". NPR.org. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  13. ^ Khan Academy (January 3, 2012), Announcement, retrieved January 7, 2018
  14. ^ Gans, Joshua (January 24, 2012). "Learning on Speed". Harvard Business Review. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  15. ^ Leonard, Andrew (June 28, 2013). "The mad genius of Vi Hart". Salon. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ "About Us". eleVR. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  18. ^ a b Case, Nicky; Hart, Vi. "Parable of the Polygons". Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  19. ^ Bhatia, Aatish (December 8, 2014). "Empirical Zeal How Small Biases Lead to a Divided World: An Interactive Exploration of Racial Segregation". Wired.
  20. ^ "Introducing eleVR – Vi Hart". vihart.com.
  21. ^ Lawson-Perfect, Christian (July 31, 2015). "Hypernom". The Aperiodical. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  22. ^ 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.
  23. ^ "eleVR: the first web video player for virtual reality".
  24. ^ Farokhmanesh, Megan (December 11, 2014). "A visual guide to bias, as explained by adorable shapes". Polygon.
  25. ^ "eleVR leaving YCR – elevr". elevr.com.
  26. ^ Altman, Sam (May 11, 2016). "HARC". Y Combinator Blog. Retrieved June 20, 2016.

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