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Proof-reading: Telling stories with numbers, telling stories with words

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Event video

Starts:

November
100008

18:30

Ends:

November
102008

19:30

Location

The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

Overview

Mark Haddon in conversation with Marcus du Sautoy. Arranged in collaboration with the Royal Society of Literature.

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.

Proof-reading: Telling stories with numbers, telling stories with words The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK