Gaussian Genealogy: Math Masters Trace Their Intellectual Lineage

For my first piece in Wired (June issue, page 56, if you’re playing at home), I explored the Mathematics Genealogy Project, which examines the academic lineage of mathematicians and is well-known to all mathematically-inclined academics. For example, play with my “family” tree for awhile, and you’ll find a lot of academic inbreeding. For Wired, I created a heavily-annotated ancestry for Gerald Sussman, a professor at MIT, who has quite the pedigree (Leibniz, Gauss, Euler, and many more). Check out the piece here.