Some Essential Links Between Maths and the Arts

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Some Essential Links Between Maths and the Arts

Professor John D Barrow FRS, University of Cambridge

Thursday 12 March 2015, 5.30pm

Centre for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge

Join Professor John D Barrow to explore a range of links between mathematics and some of the arts: identify Dali's use of 4-d geometry, ask if fractals distinguish abstract art works, plan the subterranean Tunnel of Eupalinos in 520BC, find the best place to view a statue, and calculate the distance to the horizon. We will discover how smooth curves informed architecture, the creation of text fonts, and Henry Moore's stringed sculptures. Finally, we look at the beginnings of the probabilistic analysis of literary texts.

The event is free but admission is by ticket only.

About the speaker:

John D Barrow is Professor of Mathematical Sciences at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and Director of the Millennium Mathematics Project at the University of Cambridge. The author of 20 books and celebrated popular communicator of mathematics, his most recent book is 100 Essential Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know About Maths and the Arts.