Vi Hart

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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 (born 1988), commonly known as Vi Hart, (/ˈv hɑːrt/ or /ˈv hɑːrt/)[3], is a self-described "recreational mathemusician". She 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]


Hart is the child of mathematical sculptor George W. Hart, and was educated at Stony Brook University.[4]

In 2011 and 2010, respectively Hart was featured in The New York Times[9] and National Public Radio.[10]

Hart was previously supported by Khan Academy making videos for the educational site as their "Resident Mathemusician".[citation needed]

In 2014, Hart founded in a research group called eleVR, with Emily Eifler and Andrea Hawksley, to research virtual reality (VR). They created VR videos, and had also collaborated on educational computer games.[11][12][13][3][14] 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.[15] In June, the group released an open source web video player that worked with the Oculus Rift.[16] In the same year Hart created the game Parable of the Polygon with Nicky Case. The game was based on economist Thomas Schelling's Dynamic Models of Segregation.[12][17]

In 2015, it was reported that eleVR was being funded by SAP SE via it's research project Communications Design Group.[18]

In May 2016, eleVR joined Y Combinator Research (YCR) as part of the Human Advancement Research Community (HARC) project.[19] Hart was listed as a Principal Investigator.[20] Hart continued making videos in 2016 where her topics broadened to into the social and political, including the shooting of Christina Grimmie and Black Lives Matter.[21][22]

In September 2017, eleVR announced that it had left YCR and was no longer funded by SAP SE.[19] In late 2017, Hart began a crowdfunding initiative to fund her video creation work.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Hart identifies as gender agnostic.[24]


  • Non-euclidean virtual reality I: explorations of H3 (co-authored with A Hawksley, E Matsumoto, H Segerman) (arXiv, 2017)[25]
  • Non-euclidean virtual reality II: explorations of H2 x E (co-authored with A Hawksley, E Matsumoto, H Segerman) (arXiv, 2017)[26]

See also[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 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. ^ "Reshaping the Universe: VR Landscapes Explore Mind-Bending Geometry". 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ "I Hate Math! (Not After This, You Won't)". Retrieved 2016-11-12. 
  11. ^ "About Us". eleVR. Retrieved December 12, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b Case, Nicky; Hart, Vi. "Parable of the Polygons". Retrieved December 12, 2014. 
  13. ^ Bhatia, Aatish (December 8, 2014). "Empirical Zeal How Small Biases Lead to a Divided World: An Interactive Exploration of Racial Segregation". Wired. 
  14. ^ "Introducing eleVR - Vi Hart". 
  15. ^ Lawson-Perfect, Christian (July 31, 2015). "Hypernom". The Aperiodical. Retrieved 5 April 2016. 
  16. ^ "eleVR: the first web video player for virtual reality". 
  17. ^ Farokhmanesh, Megan (December 11, 2014). "A visual guide to bias, as explained by adorable shapes". Polygon. 
  18. ^ "SAP Looks to Xerox for R&D Inspiration". January 29, 2015 – via 
  19. ^ a b "eleVR leaving YCR - elevr". 
  20. ^ Altman, Sam (May 11, 2016). "HARC". Y Combinator Blog. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  21. ^ Vihart (2016-06-20), Feeling sad about tragedy, retrieved 2016-07-13 
  22. ^ Doctorow, Cory (2016-07-13). "Dallas police shootings and #blacklivesmatter". Boing Boing. Retrieved 2016-07-13. 
  23. ^ "Vi Hart is crowdfunding". October 30, 2017. 
  24. ^ 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. 
  25. ^ "Non-euclidean virtual reality I: explorations of H3" (PDF). Retrieved 28 November 2017. 
  26. ^ "Non-euclidean virtual reality II: explorations of H2 x E" (PDF). Retrieved 28 November 2017. 

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