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#Noethember: illustrating a life

The month of October is known to illustrators and doodlers on Twitter by a different name: #inktober, started in 2009 by illustrator Jake Parker. The challenge is to draw at least one thing each day in October, using ink, and post it on Twitter. 31 days, 31 drawings, and a given theme for a doodle each day. It’s a way to motivate and encourage artistic output, which can be especially helpful if you’re in a bit of a slump creatively, but also a chance to share some nice drawings and have a bit of fun.

Mathematician, blogger and illustrator Constanza Rojas-Molina has had an even better idea, and we’re helping her organise #Noethember. It’s the same idea – 30 days, 30 drawings, but this time each day the theme is a fact or story about the life and work of mathematician Emmy Noether.

We’re pronouncing it ‘nert-ember’, since Noether (Nöther) is pronounced with a hard T.

We’ll be posting a list of 30 daily drawing themes on this site just before the start of November, and we’re inviting you to join in. Whether you’re an artist with an interest in maths, or a mathematician who likes to doodle, no skill level is too low or too high: we just want to celebrate Emmy and make some nice pictures. Tweet your images with the hashtag #Noethember; we’ll create a short link to the theme list and a brief explanation you can point people to if they’re curious.

Noethember LogoIf you’d like to help us put together the list of daily themes, or have any good Noether facts (or facts about women in maths generally) we could include, we’re using a shared Google Doc to curate the list.

We’ll also try to retweet our favourite submissions through the month from our @Aperiodical account, and will collate some of the entries here in a wrap-up post (or two) at the end of the month. Follow Constanza (@Coni777) for more maths/illustration chat!

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