Silvio Levy

Silvio Levy was born in 1959 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Princeton University in 1985. In 1988 he became half the staff of the nascent Geometry Supercomputer Project, which later grew into the Geometry Center. He has been with the Center since.

Silvio's chief professional goal is to further the communication of mathematics, by both traditional and novel means. He writes expository articles in mathematics and computer science, and was one of the directors of the award-winning animation Outside In. He has authored or co-authored the following books: Making Waves (an introduction to differential topology designed to accompany Outside In), A Beginner's Book of TeX (with Raymond Seroul), The CWEB System of Literate Programming (with Don Knuth), and Word Processing in Groups (with David Epstein and others). He has also translated several books from the French, German, Portuguese and Russian.

He has been Editor of Experimental Mathematics since its foundation in 1991, and of the MSRI Book Series since January 1995. From 1989 to 1991 he edited The Mathematica Journal, an independent publication devoted to Mathematica.

Silvio lives in Berkeley, CA with his wife Sheila Newbery and son Andrew (age seven). You can contact him by e-mail at, by phone or fax at (510) 524-5188, or by writing to

Silvio Levy
The Geometry Center
400 Lind Hall
207 Church Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455