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Volumes, the MoMath book club

Hosted by Ingrid Daubechies
with author Stephen Abbott

A discussion of

The Proof Stage:
How Theater Reveals the Human Truth of Mathematics

Thursday, May 9
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm ET


Join MoMath's Distinguished Visiting Professor Ingrid Daubechies as she welcomes Stephen Abbott for an engaging conversation about his book, The Proof Stage: How Theater Reveals the Human Truth of Mathematics.

Beginning in the last century, a handful of adventurous playwrights took inspiration from the fractures of modern mathematics to expand their own artistic boundaries.  Originating in the early avant-garde, math-infused theater reached a popular apex in Tom Stoppard’s 1993 play, Arcadia.  In The Proof Stage, mathematician Stephen Abbott explores this unlikely collaboration of theater and mathematics.  He probes the impact of mathematics on such influential writers as Alfred Jarry, Samuel Beckett, Bertolt Brecht, and Stoppard, and delves into the lives and achievements of mathematicians, such as Alan Turing.  The result is an unexpected story about the mutually illuminating relationship between proofs and plays — from Euclid and Euripides, to Gödel and Godot.

Love mathematics and books?  Looking for a stimulating and fun discussion?  Volumes, the MoMath book club, is just the thing for you.  This discussion 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.

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May 9th, 2024 from  6:30 pm to  7:30 pm
MoMath Online
United States
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