The relationship between art and mathematics has a long, rich and complex history, with both artists and mathematicians drawing inspiration from one another to investigate new ideas.
In 2015, to mark their 150th anniversary, The London Mathematical Society selected artists, Mark Francis and George L. Legendre, to create new work drawing on mathematical ideas. Heidi Morstang was also commissioned to produce a film ‘Thinking Space’, which explores how mathematicians think.
How do mathematicians think? This 60 minute documentary film features nine UK-based mathematicians offering insights into their mathematical thinking across a broad range of mathematical research fields.
Through explorations of their various thought processes, the film portrays mathematicians who are grappling with advanced mathematical ideas. We are presented with the concepts of imagination, intuition, and wonder, as well as rigorous mathematical deduction.
The film features Kevin Buzzard, Peter Donnelly, Tim Gowers, Martin Hairer, Roger Penrose, Caroline Series, Richard Thomas, Reidun Twarock and Karen Vogtmann.
Interviews conducted and selected by Martin Hyland.
‘Thinking Space’ is directed and produced by Heidi Morstang.
This film will be introduced by Professor Stephen Huggett, General Secretary of The London Mathematical Society and Heidi Morstang, filmmaker. Free admission, booking is advisable.
Date/time: 21 April, 18:30
Venue: Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinksy Building
Ticket information: Free admission