Happy Pi Day, Have Some Of This Pi/Pie Gallery

In honor of Pi Day, we’ve put together a gallery of hot women with pies and also living mathematicians who are also hot! And while the hot women with pies certainly have many successes under their belts, we want to especially spotlight the achievements of our living female mathematicians, because few things are actually sexier than doing math really well.

Here are the bios of the female mathematicians highlighted in our gallery, which is below:

Danica McKellar: Perhaps best known for her role as Winnie on The Wonder Years, McKellar is the author of Math Doesn’t SuckKiss My Math, and Hot X: Algebra Exposed. She studied mathematics at UCLA and graduated with highest honors, during which time she co-authored a scientific paper which named their results “the Chayes-McKellar-Winn theorem.”

Kathrin Bringmann is a German mathematician and number theorist who has contributed heavily to the theory of mock theta functions. Her awards include the SASTRA Ramanujan Prize Alfried Krupp-Förderpreis for Young Professors for contributions to mathematics. Bringmann currently teaches at the University of Cologne.

Fotini Markopoulou-Kalamara is a Greek theoretical physicist who works primarily in foundational mathematics and quantum mechanics. Currently an adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo, she received First Prize in the Young Researchers competition at the Ultimate Reality Symposium and is a faculty member at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.

Melanie Wood is a Princeton educated American mathematician who specializes in number theory and algebraic geometry. In 1998 Wood became the first woman to earn a spot on the U.S. International Mathematical Science Olympiad Team and later went on to become the first American woman to be named a Putnam Fellow. Some of her numerous awards include the Morgan Prize, a Fulbright fellowship, a Gates Cambridge Scholarship and a National Science Foundation graduate fellowship. Wood is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin.

Irish cryptographer and mathematician Sarah Flannery developed the Cayley–Purser algorithm at age 16 and was named EU Young Scientist of the Year soon after. She studied computer science at the University of Cambridge and later got a job at Electronic Arts as a software engineer. Flannery now acts as a “Chief Scientist” at Triuna, a company she co-founded.

German-born mathematician Ulrike Tillmann focuses on algebraic topology and has made crucial contributions to the study of the moduli space of algebraic curves. She is currently acting titular Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and also a Fellow of Merton College.

Maryam Mirzakhani is a mathematician specializing in Teichmüller theory, hyperbolic geometry, ergodic theory and symplectic geometry. Hailing from Iran, Mirzakhani received recognition in her field early on, winning two gold medals in International Mathematical Olympiad competitions as a teenager. She received her Phd from Harvard University and was the recipient of the Blumenthal Award in 2009. Mirzakhani was later named a Clay Mathematics Institute Research Fellow and worked as a professor at Princeton University.



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    This is the best gallery evarrrrr.
    Danica McKellar makes me want to do… math?
    But then there’s Nancy Botwin with that pie!
    I just.

  2. 0

    Not even one picture of Madonna grabbing her crotch? But…but…the puns…I’m sorry…no, it’s fine, I’ll show myself out.

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    I’m so glad that you’ve decided to celebrate this often overlooked holiday! It’s just so nerdy and awesome!

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    Pie is the perfect food..There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for pie..I’d even be willing to take on integrals or Euler..Hell, even Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle isn’t nearly as uncertain when you factor some delicious pie into the equation!

  5. 0

    It’s only a matter of time before these comments just turn into a list of our favorite pies. So I’ll start. It’s a toss up between coconut and an apple crumble pie with slightly melted ice cream.

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    I’ve been using today to tell everyone who will listen how I’m celebrating half-tau day. For some reason this isn’t catching on for anyone but my nerdiest friends.

    (Anyone who knows why tau is preferable to pi – I want to know you.)

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      We had a debate about that the other day in physics class, some of us are very passionate about our preference for tau 🙂

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      While I fully support tau in physics/math, (half or full) tau day just isn’t the same as pi day. When apple tau is just as scrumptious as apple pi, I will fully endorse tau day as a holiday. 😉

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      I majored in math in college.

      I love tau! It drives me nuts that we use pi because it doesn’t make any fucking sense in radians. If we used tau instead I feel like kids would get radias and the geometry of circles so much more intuitively.

      I have a lot of really positive feelings about pi, but more about tau. Like a lot more.

  7. 0

    I once made a pi-pie. It was blackberry (I picked them in a forest). The numbers were around the outside, a pi symbol in the centre.

    I have also made a complete periodic table from gingerbread cookies.

    Just on the topic of mathemagical baking

  8. 0

    I wish I was a mathematician… Seriously, I think math is so cool, and I’m totally jealous of all these mathematicians for getting to do something so interesting, even though I barely understand it.
    Happy Pi Day!

  9. 0

    In my freshman math class I got bored and started memorizing pi. I love pi day now because it is the only day of the year that it is socially acceptable for me to ramble it off this far:
    I figure by the time i graduate high I should have it memorized to 100 digits?

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    I <3 pie – cherry, pumpkin, lime, whatevs.

    Also my uncle's fam legit celebrates pi day. I may come from a family of nerds e.g I actually mourn the loss of print encyclopedias because what does a little proto-geek do if they can't just pick up volume W-Z for a little random light reading at bedtime.

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