Royal Society 2014 Distinguished Speaker national tour

Professor Marcus du Sautoy on The Art of Mathematics and the Mathematics of Art

Throughout the centuries, the mathematician’s palette of shapes, patterns and numbers has proved a powerful inspiration.  As composers, painters, writers and choreographers hunt interesting new ways to frame their creative processes, they can be subconsciously drawn to the same structures that fascinate mathematicians.

Marcus 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.

Auckland: 6pm, Tue 9 Dec, Auckland Museum (tickets necessary)

Nelson (Cawthorn Lecture), 7:30pm, Wed 10 Dec, Rutherford Hotel

Wellington, 6pm, Thu 11 Dec, Paramount Theatre (tickets necessary)

Palmerston North, 7pm, Fri 12 Dec, Speirs Centre

Christchurch, 6pm, Tue 16 Dec, St Margaret’s College

Dunedin, 6pm, Wed 17 Dec, Otago Museum

Marcus du Sautoy is the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of New College. He is well known for popularising mathematics, which was acknowledged in 2009 when he was awarded the Michael Faraday Prize, the UK’s premier award for excellence in communicating science.

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