The Cover


“I’m going to put a self-portrait on the cover,” said mathematician Dr Sonja Cox (EEMCS) to her friends when she was preparing her thesis. They protested she couldn’t do that, but she did so nonetheless. She drew a self-portrait by hand and asked her friend Fien Thoolen, an IDE graduate, to help her. “I’m kind of clumsy with computers,” she explains. The ladies scanned in the drawing, some sheets with Cox’s calculations and started toying around with colours. The result portrays not only Cox but also her mathematics and some personality quirks, like the messy papers and the teapot which is always near (here: on the back cover). Cox loves mathematics and can toy around with equations endlessly. She loves it when a problem gets solved with an elegant proof, and she even dreams about it. Her thesis is about stochastic differential equations that incorporate noise to allow for uncertainties in the real world. “Like a bacterial population in which organisms divide and die at arbitrary moments,” she helpfully explains.

Sonja Cox, ‘Stochastical Differential Equations in Banach Spaces’, 12 March 2012, PhD supervisor Prof. Jan van Neerven (EEMCS)

28 juni 2012


Cover “I took this picture of a board from a mountain refuge during a hiking holiday in Switzerland. I liked the idea of not putting a technical image on my cover but instead using an image to stress the esthetical aspect of the material ...
14 juni 2012


Cover ”I recently came up with this idea of using scrabble to illustrate my thesis, as I have been playing the scrabble game, Wordfeud, a lot on my smart phone. At first I was thinking of putting the image of an open book on the cover, but ...

23 mei 2012


Cover “I made the photo myself”, says Dr Alireza Parandian whose hobby is photography. He looked for a way to depict the discussions he had been setting up for the constructive technology assessment (CTA) of nanotechnology for the Dutch ...
26 april 2012


Cover A large zipper slowly unveils reality. This is the image that PhD candidate Robert Jan de Boer (MSc) chose for the cover of his thesis. He likes to depict clear insight with the clear skies that appeal to him as an aeronautical engineer ...

05 april 2012


Cover Dr Sjaak Verdoold took the picture of this cover himself inside the rectangular spraying reactor. There were two nozzles on opposite sides, electro-spraying tiny but highly charged particles towards each other. Not only did the ...
23 februari 2012

The cover

The cover PhD student, and now Dr. Andre Neumann, made the cover together with his girlfriend, Sylvie Thues, using strings of wool of different colours, representing a number of designers. Their ideas, depicted as a pattern of threads between the ...