Creative Math: The Heart of Something Complicated (Video)

Creative Math: The Heart of Something Complicated (Video)

Science November 10, 2011 / By World Science Festival
Creative Math: The Heart of Something Complicated (Video)
SYNOPSIS

Can a great mathematical idea be compared to a work of Shakespeare?

Normally, when you think about math, the word “creativity” doesn’t readily come to mind. Playing his best devil’s advocate, Robert Krulwich challenges the panel to explain the “beauty” of a formula or the “elegance” of a proof. Is math a kind of art? Can a great mathematical idea be compared to a work of Shakespeare? Can it be poetry in numbers, or ideas? Mathematician Marcus du Sautoy and author Simon Singh explain how, once one gets past arithmetic and into the big ideas driving mathematics, it can become a highly creative, artistic, and even emotionally charged endeavor. 

 

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