Marcus du Sautoy
Marcus du Sautoy OBE is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford. In 2008 he was appointed as the Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science. In 2009 The Royal Society awarded him the Faraday Prize for excellence in communicating science to the public and in 2010 he received an OBE from the Queen for his services to science. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2016. He lives in London.
The Universal Language of Mathematics
The two mathematicians, known for their ability to make their science understandable and enjoyable to the most reluctant person, discussed the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics, a universal language that transcends physical and cultural barriers.
Religion and Science
The Great Partnership: God, Science and the Search for Meaning by Jonathan Sacks was the starting point for a conversation between the Chief Rabbi and mathematician Marcus du Sautoy, chaired by Daniel Glaser. They explored the sometimes fraught relationship between religion and science in different cultures but more specifically discussed belief and scepticism, open-mindedness and intolerance to the challenge of the other or the unknown. The Chief Rabbi and the atheist mathematician found the...
Ben Okri and Marcus du Sautoy: Narrative Wizardry
With thanks to David and Judy Dangoor
A breathtaking and unforgettable tour-de-force from two consummate storytellers. Novelist and academic Professor Elleke Boehmer is their guide. Booker Prize-winner Ben Okri and mathematician Professor Marcus du Sautoy make a delightfully surprising and dynamic duo as they explore narrative and form in literature and maths.
The Creativity Code
We have the ability to create works of art that elevate and transform us.
Mozart’s requiem allows us to contemplate our mortality; a Rembrandt portrait captures so mu more than an image of the sitter; Shakespeare’s Othello allows us to navigate our emotional landscape. Yet new developments in AI mean that many of the tasks humans engage in can be done equally well, if not better, by machines. Will machines ever have the ability to create original art that appeals to our deep...