julia robinson

Julia Robinson

(1919–1985) Mathematician and educator

Julia Hall Bowman Robinson is best known for her work in decidability and decision problems, including an area of computation theory known as Hilbert’s tenth problem. Robinson was a professor of mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley. She had faced ill health since suffering rheumatic fever as a child, and so never undertook a full-time schedule while teaching there. She spent much of her personal time volunteering in support of progressive political candidates.

Number 195 in an ongoing series celebrating remarkable women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.


These were weirdly hard to make.


“She Kills Monsters” by Qui Nguyen

Flea Theater, 2011

Starring Satomi Blair, Allison Buck, Ugo Chukwu, Jack Corcoran, Edgar Eguia, Cleo Grey, Raul Sigmund Julia, Annabel Lalonde, Bruce A. Lemon, Sean McIntyre, Megha Nabe, Margaret Odette, Brett Ashley Robinson & Nicky Schmidlein

Marilyn, Princess Julia and George O’Dowd at Billy’s, 1978 ca. © Nicola Tyson

«This must be really early on: it’s Peter Robinson (Marilyn), Julia Fodor (Princess Julia) and George O’Dowd (Boy George). The DJ at Billy’s would either be Rusty Egan or a girl who was the house DJ. When it was Rusty, the music would be Kraftwerk, the Normal, Bowie, Roxy Music, Giorgio Moroder soundtracks, all sorts. Bowie was a strong influence – even during punk – so the younger generation weren’t finished with that; we wanted to have our own go at him. And with the house DJ we’d all be dancing to Sylvester and the disco hits of the day. There wasn’t any snobbery, all of that music was loved.»

Nicola Tyson

T. Lewis, ‘The birth of the London club scene’: Bowie Nights at Billy’s Club – in pictures, «The Guardian», 25 January 2013, http://www.theguardian.com/music/gallery/2013/jan/25/bowie-nights-billys-club-pictures


The traditional model of residential American development is to lay out a grid of streets and line them with two-story houses featuring giant closets and voluptuous two-car garages.

Austin’s Mueller Community, in contrast, is intentionally dense development. Construction began in 2007, and today, walking along the sidewalks, you notice tiny yards and big, inviting front porches. The car is still king here, but many of them are hybrids and electrics, and they’re out of sight.

With Porches And Parks, A Texas Community Aims For Urban Utopia

Photo credit: Julia Robinson for NPR


The thing Sara Garcia remembers from the day her son, Mark, got out of prison was the hug — the very, very awkward hug. He had just turned 21 and for the past two and a half years, he’d been in solitary confinement.

“He’s not used to anyone touching him,” Garcia says. “So he’s not used to hugs. And I mean we grabbed him. I mean, we hugged him. We held him. I mean, it was just surreal to just know I can finally give him a hug and a kiss on the cheek.”

Mark, who was released directly from solitary confinement into his mother’s arms, is one of tens of thousands of inmates that NPR and The Marshall Project — a journalism group that focuses on the criminal justice system — found as part of a state-by-state survey. We wanted to know: How many people are released directly from solitary confinement to the streets?

Mental health experts and researchers say that long stays in solitary confinement often emotionally damage people, both teens and adults, and can create lifelong mental illness. When those prisoners come home, they often struggle to get along with people, including the family members they depend upon most.

Coming Home Straight From Solitary Damages Inmates And Their Families

Photo credits: (top) Julia Robinson for NPR, (center) Courtesy of Sara Garcia (bottom) Julia Robinson for NPR


The idea behind “new urbanism” is that a planned environment, designed with pedestrians and social interaction in mind, can create a meaningful community.

The celebrated Mueller project in Austin, Texas, is one such place. This master-planned development seems to have it all: electric cars, solar panels, green buildings, walkability and native landscaping.

But what happens when one of Austin’s most progressive, welcoming neighborhoods experiences racial incidents involving some of its own African-American residents who don’t feel so welcome?

A Community Takes On Racial Tensions Once Hidden Under The Surface

Photo credit: Julia Robinson for NPR


I went to the Melbourne art fair yesterday. First of all, I payed a stupid amount of money to get in and then realised my friend was on the door and could have let me and my partner in for free.

Second, there was so so much there. It was quite overwhelming and kind of underwhelming in regards to how little there was that interested me.

The obvious big names in Australian art were there which was cool - but eh, there’s only so long I can be excited by a Del Kathryn Barton.

I did find two stand outs -

Julia Robinson (top)


Saburo Ota (bottom)

Both really relevant to my practice.

Also Lucas Grogan’s rotating work was featured which is just so cool. I work in the same studio as he does and it was a pleasure seeing him there. He was wondering around drinking his $25 glass of champagne and having a laugh about the whole ordeal. That dude has the correct attitude. ~goals~