Vi Hart

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This article is about the Youtube Personality. For the California-born jazz singer, see Victoria Hart.
Vi Hart
Vi Hart.jpg
Hart while attending Stony Brook University, sitting on top of a finished project
Born Victoria Hart
1988 (age 28–29)[1][2]
Nationality American
Occupation Youtube Personality, Educator, Inventor
Known for Mathematical/musical YouTube videos

Victoria Hart, commonly known as Vi Hart, (/ˈv hɑːrt/ or /ˈv hɑːrt/)[3] is a self-described "recreational mathemusician" who is most known for creating mathematical videos on YouTube.[4][5][6]

Hart is the child of mathematical sculptor George W. Hart, and was educated at Stony Brook University.[4] As well as producing mathematical videos, Hart has co-authored several research papers on computational geometry and the mathematics of paper folding.[7]

Hart was previously supported by Khan Academy making videos for the educational site as their "Resident Mathemusician". Currently, Hart works in a research group called eleVR creating virtual reality videos, and in the past has also collaborated on educational computer games.[3][8][9][10] One of these projects is Hypernom, a game where the player has to eat part of 4 dimensional polytopes which are Stereographically projected into 3D and viewed using a virtual reality headset.[11]

Hart identifies as gender agnostic.[12] Hart is a Principal Investigator at the Human Advancement Research Community (HARC).[13]

Some of Hart's videos in 2016 covered political topics like the shooting of Christina Grimmie and Black Lives Matter.[14][15]

Hart has been featured in The New York Times,[16] and National Public Radio.[17]


  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 Retrieved December 12, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b 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. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
  8. ^ "About Us". eleVR. Retrieved December 12, 2014. 
  9. ^ Bhatia, Aatish (December 8, 2014). "Empirical Zeal How Small Biases Lead to a Divided World: An Interactive Exploration of Racial Segregation". Wired. 
  10. ^ Case, Nicky; Hart, Vi. "Parable of the Polygons". Retrieved December 12, 2014. 
  11. ^ Lawson-Perfect, Christian (July 31, 2015). "Hypernom". The Aperiodical. Retrieved 5 April 2016. 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ Altman, Sam (May 11, 2016). "HARC". Y Combinator Blog. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  14. ^ Vihart (2016-06-20), Feeling sad about tragedy, retrieved 2016-07-13 
  15. ^ Doctorow, Cory (2016-07-13). "Dallas police shootings and #blacklivesmatter". Boing Boing. Retrieved 2016-07-13. 
  16. ^ Chang, Kenneth (2011-01-17). "Vi Hart's Videos Bend and Stretch Math to Inspire". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-11-12. 
  17. ^ "I Hate Math! (Not After This, You Won't)". Retrieved 2016-11-12. 

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