Abstract Minds

The project Abstract Minds, hosted and supported by the Centre de Recerca Matemàtica (CRM), portrays mathematicians who dedicate themselves to basic research in mathematics.

The project aims to approach the mathematician’s attitude towards mathematical research, their motivations, the strong doses of passion invested and ultimately how this reflects in their daily life. The real interest in this project is the mathematicians themselves, not the mathematics.

The mathematicians appearing in the project have been selected among all researchers (staff and visitors) related to CRM during the academic courses 2008/2009 and 2009/2010. The project contains 35 high quality photographs, complemented with short questionnaires.

A printed edition of the Abstract Minds project was published on May 2014.

You can see here a digital short version of the project.

About the authors

Fernando Rascón
Vilanova i la Geltrú, 1977

Started in photography as self-taught person, and later started his education to dedicate himself professionally to photography. He studied photographic studies at GrisArt and IDEP photography schools of Barcelona. In 2009 he did two exhibitions of travel portraits: “Benares, a sociological trip” and “Tokyo, 15 minutes of glory”. He has also published a variety of pictures at the following magazines “Question of image” of the school IDEP, “El color humano son todos los colores” edited by the Fundación de Derechos Civiles (CIVILIA) and at the Periódico de Cataluña (Catalan newspaper).

Francesc Creixell
Girona, 1977

Graduated in Mathematics by the University of Barcelona in 2001. He worked as a researcher in the field of inertial navigation during the period 2001/2004 in the Institute of Geomatics. Since 2005 he teaches at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Added to his teaching activity he is doing his PhD on Number theory. At the same time he is a big lover of photography.