Volumes, the MoMath book club
Love mathematics and books? Looking for a stimulating and fun discussion? Volumes, the MoMath book club, is just the thing for you. This reading group is designed especially for those interested in mathematics and science and how they affect our lives. No prior math or science background is necessary.
A discussion of
Swirling Symmetry and Mathematician with the Soul of a Poet
with author and translator Sandy DeLozier Coleman
Hosted by Ingrid Daubechies
Monday, December 18 at 6:30 pm ET
Join MoMath’s Distinguished Visiting Professor Ingrid Daubechies as she welcomes Sandy DeLozier Coleman for an engaging conversation about her two books, Swirling Symmetry and Mathematician with the Soul of a Poet: Poems and Plays of Sofia Kovalevskaya.
Swirling Symmetry is a collection of poems that certainly mathematicians may appreciate, but is also inspiring to all readers. Even people quick to say they are not good at, or never liked, math will likely find themselves enjoying this unusual mix of patterned thoughts and images, where ideas related to math and physics are intertwined with thoughts on love and truth.
Mathematician with the Soul of a Poet begins with the story of why and how a math professor, artist and poet wanted to and was able to develop the translations of nine poems and two plays written by Sofia Kovalevskaya when, in the beginning, she did not even know the sounds or order of the letters in the Russian alphabet. The poems and two plays, How it Was and How It Might Have Been, enhance the life story of a brave young Russian woman who entered into a fictitious marriage so that she could travel to Germany to study mathematics.
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