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The Secret Mathematicians

Prof. Marcus du Sautoy, New College, University of Oxford

Date Icon Week 5, Monday 27 January MT 2020
Time Icon 8:15pm

Artists are constantly on the hunt for interesting new structures to frame their creative process. From composers to painters, writers to choreographers, the mathematician’s palette of shapes, patterns and numbers has proved a powerful inspiration. Often subconsciously artists are drawn to the same structures that fascinate mathematicians. Through the work of artists like Borges and Dali, Messiaen and Laban, I shall explore the hidden mathematical ideas that underpin their creative output but I will also reveal that the work of the mathematician is sometimes no less driven by strong aesthetic values.

Marcus du Sautoy is the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and is the author of many popular maths books including ‘The Music of the Primes’ and ‘Finding Moonshine’. He has also appeared on television in the Horizon programme with Alan Davies. Marcus was awarded an OBE for his services to Science.