June 5, 2024, 3:00 P.M.

Building 8, Hinners Auditorium

GRESHAM COLLEGE

We tend to think of mathematics
and literature almost as intellectual opposites. But in fact the
connections between them are profound. In this lecture we'll
look at some of the many ways that mathematical ideas and
structures can be found in literature. From the hidden algebra
behind poetic forms, to a novel whose underlying structure uses
a mathematical puzzle that took 200 years to solve, the goal is
to show you that not only are mathematics and literature
inextricably linked, but that understanding these links can
enhance your enjoyment of both.

About the Speaker:

Sarah Hart is a mathematician and author. She is Professor of Geometry at Gresham College, London - the oldest mathematics professorship in the UK, dating back to 1597, and she is the first woman ever to hold this chair. Sarah is particularly interested in the cultural, historical and creative impact of mathematics, and the links between mathematics and the arts. Her first book,*Once Upon a Prime: The Wondrous Connections
between Mathematics and Literature*, was published in April
2023.

About the Speaker:

Sarah Hart is a mathematician and author. She is Professor of Geometry at Gresham College, London - the oldest mathematics professorship in the UK, dating back to 1597, and she is the first woman ever to hold this chair. Sarah is particularly interested in the cultural, historical and creative impact of mathematics, and the links between mathematics and the arts. Her first book,

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