Life in Pixels series with Chris Wiggins & Matthew L. Jones


Location: Zoom book talk

Life In Pixels Spring 2023 Copy

Chris Wiggins is an associate professor of applied mathematics at Columbia University and the Chief Data Scientist at The New York Times.  At Columbia he is a founding member of the executive committee of the Data Science Institute, and of the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics as well as the Department of Systems Biology, and is affiliated faculty in Statistics.  He is a co-founder and co-organizer of hackNY (, a nonprofit which since 2010 has organized the hackNY Fellows Program, a structured summer internship at NYC startups.  Prior to joining the faculty at Columbia he was a Courant Instructor at NYU (1998-2001) and earned his PhD at Princeton University (1993-1998) in theoretical physics.  He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and is a recipient of Columbia's Avanessians Diversity Award.  His book Data Science in Context: Foundations, Challenges, Opportunities, with Alfred Spector, Peter Norvig, and Jeannette M. Wing, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2022.  His forthcoming book How Data Happened: A History from the Age of Reason to the Age of Algorithms, with Matthew L. Jones, will be published by Norton Press in 2023.

Matthew L. Jones is James R. Barker Professor of Contemporary Civilization in the Department of History, Columbia University, New York. He will be joining Princeton University in summer 2023. Norton has just published his How Data Happened: A History from the Age of Reason to the Age of Algorithms, written with Chris Wiggins. He has published two books previously, Reckoning with Matter: Calculating Machines, Innovation, and Thinking about Thinking from Pascal to Babbage and The Good Life in the Scientific Revolution: Descartes, Pascal, Leibniz and the Cultivation of Virtue (both with Chicago). He has received fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Science Foundation, among others.

Registration required for this event must take place prior to the virtual book talk.


Life in Pixels hosts an ongoing series of transdisciplinary conversations thinking about how we can make sense of, and live with, our computational social condition today. Considering sociocultural, aesthetic, politicoeconomic, environmental, racial, and historical registers of technology together, the series will bring together people who think and do technology beyond disciplinary boundaries. The events are all designed as an ongoing series of conversations between scholars and practitioners in Media Studies, Science and Technology Studies, History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Critical Digital Studies, and Literary Cultural Studies.

Life in Pixels is generously sponsored by the Ruth and Paul Idzik College Chair in Digital Scholarship, the Program in History and Philosophy of Science, the Lucy Family Institute for Data and Society, the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship, the Department of English, the Minor in Data Science, and the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame.

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