Hooray for the opening of the Museum of Mathematics in NYC today! On this momentous occasion, I would like to shout out to two mathematicians I think show the joy, elegance and beauty of maths. And they are:
George Hart, a mathematician and musician I was privileged to know at Stony Brook University. A wonderful educator, as well as someone who really knows how to bring mathematics to life through sculpture and to "crowd source" it through his sculpture "barn raisings".
Vi Hart, who currently works for the Khan Academy, and who for years has been producing trememndously entertaining and enlightening Youtube videos. She starts doodling, and next thing you know, a lovely clear explanation of a complex mathematics topic.
Check them out, and let these pointers be my Christmas gift to you.