Margaret and Christine Wertheim

Blending math, science, art and activism, Margaret Wertheim creates pieces that simultaneously raise awareness of environmental and social issues while maintaining a highly creative and innovative aesthetic. In 2005 Margaret, along with her sister Christine Wertheim, created the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project- a project whose mission is to raise awareness of the deleterious effects of global warming on the Great Barrier Reef and other coral reefs by using the art of crochet. Both sisters also founded and direct the Institute of Figuring in Los Angeles, an organization that examines, creates, and comments on the figures that manifest themselves in nature and also via man-made technological innovations.


Wertheim is the recipient of the Theo Westenberger Grant for Women in Excellence (2011) and Theo Westenberger Lecture in the Arts (2011). She is an internationally acclaimed science writer and has written for various publications such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Wired, TLS, and The New Scientist amongst others. Her authored works include Pythagoras Trousers, The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace: A History of Space From Dante to the Internet and written essays which have been published in Best American Science Writing 2003 and in anthologies by MIT Press, Princeton University Press, and the Royal Society.