Narrative and Proof | University of Oxford

Narrative and Proof

Marcus du Sautoy, Ben Okri, Roger Penrose, Laura Marcus, Elleke Boehmer
17:00 - 18:30
Mathematical Institute
Woodstock Road

Radcliffe Observatory Quarter

Lectures and seminars

One of the UK's leading scientists, Marcus du Sautoy, will argue that mathematical proofs are not just number-based, but are also a form of narrative. In response, author Ben Okri, mathematician Roger Penrose, and literary scholar Laura Marcus, will consider how narrative shapes the sciences as well as the arts. The discussion will be chaired by Elleke Boehmer, Professor of World Literature in English, University of Oxford, and will be followed by audience discussion and a drinks reception. This event is co-hosted by the Mathematical Institute and The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), and celebrates the launch of TORCH’s Annual Headline Series 2014-15, Humanities and Science.