4th Annual Boole Lecture in Mathematics

Distinguished Maths & Physics Public Lectures

Creativity in mathematics and the arts

a public lecture by

Professor John Wilson

University of Oxford, UK

Friday, 2nd of November 2018,

6:00 – 7:20 pm

Newton Lecture Theatre INB0114 in the Isaac Newton building, University of Lincoln

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How should we begin to find a solution to a mathematical problem (as schoolchildren,  undergraduates, or researchers)?  Is precision the key ingredient?  Suppose instead we want to create a work of art.  Should we allow our imagination free reign, with no constraints?  By considering examples in mathematics and the arts, including music and literature, we shall see that the answers to these questions are not straightforward: the creative requirements in all of these areas are similar, requiring a delicate mixture of precision and wider-ranging thinking.

Professor Wilson, born and brought up in Lincolnshire, studied at the University of Cambridge, receiving the MSc degree in 1970, the PhD degree in 1971…

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