Mathematician Laureates use mathematics to build strong and equitable communities characterized by creativity, joy, a can-do attitude, and the courage to act on their convictions.
Sometimes Mathematician Laureates enact math as sculpture, dance and art. Others organize poetry slams on public transportation, income tax return help at nail salons on weekends, community garden projects, and more.
The Youth Mathematician Laureate Project (YMLP) is influenced by American philosopher Nelson Goodman. He was one of the most influential figures in contemporary aesthetics and analytic philosophy. From his Languages of Art book and subsequent works, we apply a general view of the arts as contributing to and understanding the realities we live in today. We take mathematics as one of these arts — something that in itself provokes new ways of understanding mathematics itself. For more information, go to our Resources page, where you can to learn more about Nelson Goodman’s languages.