20 February 2013
Professor Marcus du Sautoy(link is external) will give a public lecture at Queen Mary, University of London on the aesthetic values that drive the work of mathematicians. The lecture, which is part of the Garriott Lecture Series, will be held on Wednesday 27 March at 18:30 in the Great Hall. To reserve a place, see the booking website(link is external).
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 as they constantly hunt for interesting new structures to frame their creative process. Through the work of artists like Borges and Dali, Messiaen and Laban, Professor du Sautoy will explore the hidden mathematical ideas that underpin their creative output and reveal that the work of the mathematician is also driven by strong aesthetic values.
Marcus Peter Francis du Sautoy, OBE is the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford. He was also recently named Honorary Doctor of Science by Queen Mary, University of London.