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Narrative and Proof: Two Sides of the Same Equation

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Duration: 1:35:38 | Added: 22 Jan 2015
One of the UK's leading scientists, Marcus du Sautoy, argues that mathematical proofs are not just number-based, but also a form of narrative.

Literary techniques and mathematical proofs are rarely, if ever, brought together but Marcus du Sautoy is very interested in the qualities that the narrative of proofs share with other narrative art forms. In an unusually multidisciplinary panel, he is joined by author Ben Okri, mathematician Roger Penrose, and literary scholar Laura Marcus, to consider how narrative underpins and nurtures the respective disciplines.

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