Illustrating the Impact of Mathematics

For the past 3+ years, I’ve been chairing an all-star National Academies committee charged with creating a series of posters on Illustrating the Impact of Mathematics. The website is finally live, and I’m really excited to share the results!! Please share!!

It can be challenging for mathematicians (including pure math, applied math, and statistics) to explain the broad impacts of their work because these impacts reverberate for decades and across many applications. These posters will hopefully make it easier to explain connections that are relevant to our everyday lives and to continuing breakthroughs in science and technology. These posters may be especially helpful in communicating the importance of the mathematical sciences with managers, administrators, policy makers, and (perhaps most importantly) future mathematicians.

You can order copies of these ten posters or print them yourselves. They are 11” x 17” in small size and can (and should!) be printed in larger poster sizes for displaying around your institution.

The committee was me (Tammy Kolda, chair), Russel Caflisch, Irene Fonseca, Montserrat Fuentes, Ryan Garibaldi, Thomas Grandine, Trachette Jackson, Xiao-Li MENG, Jill Pipher, and Terence Tao. Many thanks to them for their incredible vision and creativity, to the illustrators for bringing our ideas to life, and to the staff of the Board on Mathematics Sciences and Analytics (BMSA) at the National Academies for managing this project. This activity was funded by the Division of Mathematical Science at the NSF!