My reign for a (solved) paradox

In one of our latest data-visualization for La Lettura we explored the intriguing field of mathematical problems. A mathematical problem can occur under the guise of a conjecture, which means a seemingly reasonable hypothesis in the light of various “pointers”; it is defined a paradox when it defies our common sense. Even as a theorem, which is something logically acquired on the basis of shared assumptions, can rise a new pyramid of problems. The visualization explores the 80 most important mathematical problems in history, in order to identify terms and conditions that make a resolution possible. For each problem is returned: the year of formulation, the typology, the status and type of solution, the number of years needed to the reach the solution, the continent of the formulator and of the solver, as well as the age of the solver. 28.Paradoxes_NewLayout-01

(click on the image for larger size) The idea behind the visualization was to map mathematical conjectures, their formulators and their solvers, and their duration through years within a two temporal timelines (x and y axes) , with problems horizontally ordered by its’ origin date, from the oldest to the youngest.

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original italian version here


data analysis and visualization by Accurat (
Giorgia Lupi, Simone Quadri, Gabriele Rossi with Davide Ciuffi, Pietro Guinea Montalvo, Aurelien Thrichereau

About giorgia lupi

1981 I am an architect that never built any house (luckily). I work with information, designing, researching and drawing a lot. I am co-founder ad design director at Accurat ( I am a PhD student at Milan Politecnico (

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