This lecture was filmed at the 2017 National Math Festival in Washington, D.C. and features Dr. Marcus du Sautoy of the University of Oxford.
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. Dr. 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.
Dr. Marcus du Sautoy is the Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford. His many honors include the Berwick Prize of the London Mathematical Society awarded for the best mathematical research made by a mathematician under 40 and the Royal Society’s Faraday Prize, the UK’s premier award for excellence in communicating science. In 2004 Esquire Magazine chose him as one of the 100 most influential people under 40 in Britain.
His book "The Music of the Primes" won two major prizes in Italy and Germany for the best popular science book of the year. du Sautoy writes for the Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent, and the Guardian and is frequently asked for comment on BBC radio and television. For several years he had a regular column in the Times called "Sexy Science". He has written and performed widely across radio, television, orchestra, and the stage.