Narrative and Proof | University of Oxford

Narrative and Proof

Speakers
Marcus du Sautoy, Ben Okri, Roger Penrose, Laura Marcus, Elleke Boehmer
Event date
Event time
17:00 - 18:30
Venue
Mathematical Institute
Woodstock Road
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX2 6GG
Venue details

Radcliffe Observatory Quarter

Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Recommended

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.