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Marcus du Sautoy lecture: How maths inspires the arts

Popular scientist, broadcaster and alumnus Professor Marcus du Sautoy OBE will explore the hidden mathematical ideas that underpin art, dance and music, in a lecture at Queen Mary, University of London on Wednesday 27 March.

4 March 2013

Marcus du Sautoy received an Honorary Doctorate from Queen Mary in 2012

In The Secret Mathematicians, du Sautoy will explain how artists are often subconsciously drawn to the same structures that fascinate mathematicians. From composers to painters, writers to choreographers, the mathematician’s palette of shapes, patterns and numbers has proved a powerful inspiration to the creative mind.

Through the work of artists such as Salvador Dali, Olivier Messiaen – the composer who wrote a quartet based on prime numbers while he was a prisoner of war - and choreographer Rudolf Laban, du Sautoy will reveal how maths ideas influence creative output. He will go on to explain how the mind of the mathematician can also be driven by strong aesthetic values.

Marcus du Sautoy is a TV and radio presenter, author, writer for the UK’s leading newspapers, the Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of New College.

Having completed his DPhil at Oxford, du Sautoy spent a year as a post-doc at Queen Mary’s School of Mathematical Sciences. He has lectured at Queen Mary on several occasions, including the First Drapers’ Lecture (2006) and the flagship William Harvey Day in 2010. In December 2012, Professor du Sautoy was named Honorary Doctor of Science at Queen Mary.

Seats at the event are free and open to all.  With tickets originally selling out in just two days, the lecture has now been moved to the larger Great Hall of the People’s Palace, and more tickets made available.

The Faculty of Science & Engineering Garriott Lecture Series presents:
Professor Marcus du Sautoy - "The Secret Mathematicians"
Wednesday 27 March, 6.30pm – 9pm
People’s Palace, Mile End

A reception will follow the lecture.

To book your place at this event please see:

For media information, contact:

Neha Okhandiar
Public Relations Manager
Queen Mary University of London
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