Humphry Davy Lecture: Around the World in 80 Games

16 November 2023 18:30, London, United Kingdom

Spanning millennia, oceans and continents, countries and cultures, Marcus du Sautoy explores how mathematics and games have always been deeply intertwined. He will explain how games provided the first opportunities for deep mathematical insight into the world, how understanding maths can help us play games better, and how both maths and games are integral to human psychology and culture. For du Sautoy, games are a way of playing mathematics. Underpinning many games you will find mathematics bubbling just below the surface and if you understand that maths, it’s going to give you an edge playing the game. From Tarot to Tic Tac Toe, Catan to Snakes and Ladders, join du Sautoy as he takes us Around the World in 80 Games.

Marcus du Sautoy is the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford. He is author of eight books including his most recent book Around the World in 80 Games (Fourth Estate 2023). He is author of two plays including I is a Strange Loop (Faber 2021) which was performed at the Barbican in London in which he was also lead actor. He has presented numerous radio and TV series including a four part landmark TV series for the BBC called The Story of Maths. He works extensively with a range of arts organisations bringing science alive for the public from The Royal Opera House to the Glastonbury Festival. He received an OBE for services to science in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List and was made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2016.

To book your place, please email the organiser Stanley Langer using the following email:
The Royal Society of Chemistry

The Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BA, United Kingdom

  • Stanley Langer United Kingdom

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