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Is maths an art?
Dr Eugenia ChengDr Eugenia ChengHD, subtitles, Q&ATranscript47m
What jumps to your mind when thinking about creativity? Chances are it wouldn't be maths. Philosophers, scientists and mathematicians used creativity to solve seemingly impossible problems. Could maths actually be as creative as the arts?

What jumps to your mind when thinking about creativity? Chances are mathematics wouldn't be at the top of the list for many people. Yet, it takes creativity to solve some of math's most challenging problems. 

Philosophers, scientists and mathematicians used creativity to solve seemingly impossible problems. From Galileo to Leonardo Da Vinci to Einstein, creativity has been at the heart of the scientific world for centuries. Yet, very rarely it has been associated with creative endeavours, let alone considered an art. But could maths actually be as creative as the arts? And if so, how would it differ from other obvious art forms like dance, music, and paintings? 

In this fascinating conversation, leading mathematician Dr Eugenia Cheng, explains that maths is about much more than numbers, and unravels how it could actually be more of an art than a science.

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Creativity Unlocked

Human ingenuity and inventiveness has continually moved our world forward. From beautiful art works to works of literature, space shuttles to scientific leaps forward, at the heart of progress and change is a spark of creativity.

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what would you change about how maths is taught in schools?
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What are your thoughts on the practice of having students memorize times tables and formulas? Is it necessary to learn these (often dreaded) basics in order to get to the creative aspects?
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Thank you Eugenia …your students are very lucky! Really enjoyed listening tonight. Paula
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