Can someone cast a mathematical eye over this idea and tell me if it's possible or interesting or crap.

A series of portraits of mathematicians whereby each subject nominates the next on the basis of crossovers between their work or at least connections (mirroring the cross-fertilization of ideas in the maths community). Also the first subject begins an open-ended equation to which the second adds or develops and passes to the next and so-on. The final product is not only a series of portraits but an insight into the way complex maths works i.e. many minds working on big problems with different insights and methods.

I imagine each portrait uses a chalkboard/white-board as a backdrop on which is written the equation as is evolves.

Any thoughts?

Dom