Thu
13Oct
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6:30pm
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Is maths an art?

Dr Eugenia Cheng

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?

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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.

Talk outline

Duration

50 minutes

What to expect

30 minute talk

20 minute Member Q&A

About the Fellow

Dr Eugenia Cheng

Eugenia Cheng is a mathematician, concert pianist and celebrated author.

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