How does doing mathematics and writing stories compare? What role is mathematics playing when it is used in literature? Are stories important to understanding mathematics? Do writers have eureka moments? Together, Marcus du Sautoy and Mark Haddon discuss the fashionable art/science interface.
Marcus du Sautoy is a Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University, and author of the best-selling popular mathematics book, The Music of the Primes. He lectures on mathematics to a wide range of audiences, from diplomats to prison inmates, and is particularly concerned that school children should be taught to appreciate the big stories of maths, and the romance and mystery of numbers. Mark Haddon sprang to fame in 2003 with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. The first book to have been published simultaneously in two imprints, one for children, one for adults, it is narrated by Christopher, an intelligent, autistic boy, investigating with quiet persistence the murder of his next-door neighbours' dog. As well as writing, Mark Haddon has also worked as a cartoonist, and is a keen mathematician.