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Williams College
Williamstown, MA 01267

(413) 597-3519

Satyan Devadoss, Professor of Mathematics, Williams College




With inspiration coming from theoretical physics and biology, my work revolves around geometric and algebraic structures. What fascinates me is not the study of one object, but the space of all ways an object can be transformed.

Underneath a mathematical framework lies a strong desire for the proper visualization of information, from drawings to graphics to photography.  Conveying results with visual clarity, accuracy, and simplicity is as important as the discovery of the ideas themselves.

Much of this work is generously supported by the National Science Foundation, DARPA, the Mellon Foundation, the Whiting Fellowship, and the John Templeton Foundation.


Grand  Oeuvre

A 36-lecture DVD course on the shape of nature, covering some of the most beautiful ideas in math, aimed at the general public, published by The Great Courses.


A textbook on geometry in the discrete setting, written for math and computer science students, coauthored with Joseph O'Rourke, published by Princeton University Press.

A visualization of the impact of choosing a major on career paths for 15600 Williams alums. This is work with Hayley Brooks and Kaison Tanabe, using the CIRCOS software at its core.

A new collection of artwork and mathematics research, with SF based artist Owen Schuh, on shape and navigation.  Opening show in Berlin, spring 2015.

A photograph portfolio of structure, color, and people, since 2005.

CereusData, a company partnering with academic institutions and businesses to produce beautiful and comprehensible images of relationships in data.