Professor Marcus Du Sautoy believes that the worlds of Mathematics and the Arts are much closer than we’re led to believe. In this short extract from his lecture on the mathematics that underpins some the work of the greatest artists, he explains how the ‘Eureka’ moment of understanding in the study of maths is similar to the joy of creation in the Arts. This is a short extract from a Gresham Lecture. You can enjoy the lecture in full on our website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/le...
Marcus Du Sautoy OBE is the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and he’s interested in how Maths and the Arts work together and how similar processes underlie them.
There are nearly 150 Gresham College lectures every year, all of them free and open to all. Here are some samples from some recent lectures, to give you an idea of the types of things you could learn. All information is available on the Gresham College website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk
As Gresham Professor of Astronomy, Carolin Crawford delivers many public lectures a year within the City of London. These are all recorded and released on the Gresham College website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk
The 19th Century saw the development of a mathematics profession with people earning their living from teaching, examining and researching and with the mathematical centre of gravity moving from France to Germany. A lot of the mathematics taught at university today was initiated at that time. Whereas in the 18th Century one would use the term mathematician, by the end of the 19th Century one had specialists in analysis, algebra, geometry, number theory, probability and statistics, and applied mathematics. This series of free public lectures looks at the shaping of each of these mathematical areas and at the people who were involved.
All information can be found on the Gresham College website: www.gresham.ac.uk
Belinda Jack is Fellow and Tutor in French at Christ Church, University of Oxford. She features regularly in the press and media thanks to the popularity and insight of her published works, including books such as The Woman Reader, George Sand: A Woman's Life Writ Large and Negritude and Literary Criticism: The History and Theory of "Negro-African" Literature in French. As of 2013, she is the Gresham Professor of Rhetoric.
She writes of her appointment and the series:
"Reading is a subject which has long fascinated me, not least because of my role in teaching undergraduate students to read 'difficult' literature with the greatest attention to detail, structure and internal connections. My most recent book, The Woman Reader, is a history of women's reading from ancient times to the present day, and the writing of it deepened my interest in the subject of reading more generally. My Gresham lectures will draw on some of the material on which I based my book, including material that I didn't have space to treat, and on the research I am currently undertaking. My primary aim will be to encourage informed reading of a wide range of material, which will make us reconsider literature, ourselves and the society in which we live."
A series of lectures by Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, Gresham Professor of Law, on international law and international criminal tribunals. All information about Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC and his lectures can be found on the Gresham College website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/professors-and-speakers/professo...