# Alissa S. Crans

Associate Director of Diversity and Education

Mathematical Sciences Research Institute

Associate Director of Project NExT, August 2014

Mathematical Association of America

Associate Professor

One LMU Drive, Suite 2700

Los Angeles, CA 90045

Many people who have never had occasion to learn what mathematics is confuse it with arithmetic and consider it a dry and arid science. In actual fact it is the science which demands the utmost imagination. One of the foremost mathematicians of our century says very justly that it is impossible to be a mathematician without also being a poet in spirit... It seems to me that the poet must see what others do not see, must see more deeply than other people. And the mathematician must do the same.

-Sofya Kovalevskaya, 1890