Galileo famously wrote that the universe is like a book, but that the language in which it is written is mathematics. And if you don’t know this language you are lost wandering about in a dark labyrinth. Marcus will shine a mathematical light on the world around us to help guide us through this labyrinth. We discover how Nature uses numbers to grow shells, flowers and even galaxies, why the music we are drawn to is full of mathematical patterns, and how even the seemingly complex structures like a tree or a human lung are grown by simple algorithms. But why is the blueprint for our universe so mathematical? We will explore the philosophical challenge of whether mathematics exists without the physical universe to embody it. Is mathematics created or discovered? Could our universe be a physicalised piece of mathematics? Join Marcus on this mathematical tour to the edges of the universe and beyond.
Offered as 2 satsangs and 2 workshops (subject to change)
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. In 2016 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society.
He is author of six popular science books including his most recent books What We Cannot Know and The Creativity Code. He has presented numerous radio and TV series including a four part landmark TV series for the BBC called The Story of Maths. He works extensively with a range of arts organisations bringing science alive for the public from The Royal Opera House to the Glastonbury Festival.
In 2009 he was awarded the Royal Society’s Faraday Prize, the UK’s premier award for excellence in communicating science. He received an OBE for services to science in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List.