Mathematics as Poetic Enchantment

Margaret Wertheim

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

To most people mathematics is an arid discipline, disembodied, abstract and remote from the human sphere. To mathematicians, their subject sings; it is the language in which they articulate an exquisite formal poetics. In this dinner and discussion, Margaret Wertheim, a science writer and exhibition curator, will present her work with the Institute For Figuring, a Los Angeles based organization devoted to the poetic and aesthetic dimensions of science and mathematics.

Emily Zimmerman

Margaret Wertheim is an Australian-born science writer and the author of books on the cultural history of physics. She is the author of Pythagoras' Trousers, (Times Books/Norton paperback), which won the Templeton Book Prize for Science and Religion; and The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace: A History of Space from Dante to the Internet (Norton). Her articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times Science section, New Scientist, The Guardian, Salon, and the Times Literary Supplement. Wertheim's writing has been included in Best American Science Writing (2003), edited by Oliver Sacks. In 2006 she won the excellence in journalism award from the American Institute of Biological Sciences. With her twin sister Christine, she is a founder of the Institute For Figuring.

Mathematics as Poetic Enchantment
Evelyn’s Cafe
February 10, 2010, 6PM

“Margaret Wertheim might technically fall under the oh-so-banal title of a science communicator. But this fiery Australian native has roamed far beyond the standard definition of one who just talks about science.”
— Kristin Abkemeier, Inkling Magazine