Last November, under the banner of #Noethember, we helped organise an international drawing challenge themed around mathematician Emmy Noether. The project resulted in a huge number of drawings and a warm feeling among those who participated. For 30 days, people across Twitter shared their sketches illustrating facts about Noether’s life and work.
Contributions ranged from daily drawings to occasional doodles from carefully drawn to quickly sketched, made by professional mathematicians and professional illustrators, and those in the middle. Some people couldn’t contribute through drawing and instead, shared archive material or created other types of content around the topic of Emmy Noether.
Our halfway-through-Noethember post shows some of the contributions, and many of the regular contributors there carried on through to the end of November. Search for Noethember on Twitter or on Instagram to see more.
While we were too busy to put together a wrap-up post at the end of the month (*cough* Aperiodvent), it looks like others have done it for us:
- The origin story of the whole project is nicely described in this blog post by Rachel Crowell in the American Mathematical Society blog.
- Shortly after #Noethember was over, Bruno Duchesne wrote this piece for Images des Mathématiques, the maths communication platform of the French Research Council. He went to the trouble of translating into French the 30 facts, and paired them with illustrations by Constanza Rojas-Molina.
- Inspired by Bruno’s article, Marta Macho-Stadler translated the piece into Spanish, publishing her article on Mujeres con Ciencia, a website run by the University of Basque Country (Universidad del País Vasco) to promote the role of women in science.
- Francesca Arici wrote her own account of #Noethember in this piece for the Italian science promotion blog Maths is in the Air, and on her Medium blog.
- Katharina Habermann wrote about the initiative in German in her blog, and again later reporting on her progress from the very heart of Emmy’s story: Göttingen.
- #Noethember was also mentioned by Florian Freistetter in his article for the Scienceblogs platform, in German.
Everybody who participated made the month a success. It was fun, we learned a lot, we made art together, kept each other company, and enjoyed each other’s drawings.
We’ll leave you with these words from #Noethember founder and champion, Constanza Rojas-Molina:
Last November, Emmy was a made into prose, into a fox, a cartoon, a magician. She became part of our imagination and with that, our goal of promoting her work and her story was achieved… for now!