Wednesday, 21 May 2014, 6:00PM
Museum of London

The Secret Mathematicians

Professor Marcus du Sautoy OBE

From composers to painters, writers to choreographers, the mathematician’s palette of shapes, patterns and numbers has proved a powerful inspiration. Artists can be subconsciously drawn to the same structures that fascinate mathematicians as they hunt for interesting new structures to frame their creative process. 

Professor du Sautoy will explore the hidden mathematical ideas that underpin the creative output of well-known artists and reveal that the work of the mathematician is also driven by strong aesthetic values.

 

Photographs taken at this event are available on the Gresham College Flickr page.

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Professor du Sautoy is the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford.

Formally a Fellow of All Souls College, and Wadham College, he is now a Fellow of New College. He was previously an EPSRC Senior Media Fellow and a Royal Society University Research Fellow.

His academic work concerns mainly group theory and number theory. 

He has also written numerous academic articles and books on mathematics, the most recent being "The Num8er My5teries". Professor du Sautoy is also on the advisory board of Mangahigh.com - an online maths game website and has appeared on Channel 4 News and on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme promoting the service and is a regular contributor to the same network's 'In Our Time'. 

In 2009 he won the Michael Faraday Prize from the Royal Society of London for "excellence in communicating science to UK audiences". Du Sautoy was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2010 New Year's Honours List "for services to Science".

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21 May 2014

The Secret Mathematicians
Professor Marcus du Sautoy OBE

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