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Mary Everest Boole (1832–1916) was a self-taught mathematician who is most well known as an author of didactic works on mathematics, such as Philosophy and Fun of Algebra, and as the wife of fellow mathematician George Boole. Her progressive ideas on education, as expounded in The Preparation of the Child for Science, included encouraging children to explore mathematics through playful activities such as ‘curve stitching‘. Whereas I am Jo Barnfield (1972- ) a self taught Adobe Illustrator who is a little known author of excellent shopping lists and is married to no one*. I enjoy playful activities such as Parabola Tombola and failed to pass my Math GCSE.

*I do have a cat though, so I’m not entirely afraid of commitment