Can Math Be Beautiful?

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What is it about Euclid’s infinite primes that rocks Simon Singh’s world? What makes math different from the rest of the sciences? Listen as he and mathematician Marcus du Sautoy explain why, to them, math is a language of beauty, creativity, and immortality—for its unshakable proofs allow you to truly stand solidly on the shoulders of giants.
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This program is part of The Big Idea Series, made possible with support from the John Templeton Foundation.

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Date: Friday June 3, 2011
Time: 07:00 PM-08:30 PM
Venue: Tishman Auditorium at The New School
Moderator: Robert Krulwich
Participants: Jonathan Borwein, Keith Devlin, Marcus du Sautoy, Simon Singh

Mathematical mysteries have challenged humanity’s most powerful thinkers and inspired passionate, lifelong obsessions in search of answers. From the strangeness of prime numbers and the nature of infinity, to the turbulent flow of fluids and the geometry of hyperspace, mathematics is our most potent tool for revealing immutable truths. The event was a vibrant tour to the boundaries of the mathematical universe, and explore the deep puzzles that have been solved, the masterminds who powered the breakthroughs, and the towering challenges that have shaken the confidence of...[Read more]