LMS Popular Lecture 2024 - with Sarah Hart

Bramall Hall, Bramall Music Building, Edgbaston, University of Birmingham, B15 2TT
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Sarah Hart (Birkbeck, University of London)

The LMS Popular Lectures are free public lectures which present exciting topics in mathematics and its applications to a wide audience. They are for anyone with an interest in mathematics, including those without high-level maths training. 

Previous Popular Lecturers include Matt Parker, Hannah Fry, Roger Penrose, Marcus du Sautoy, Mark Miodownik and Vicky Neale.

This year's speaker is Sarah Hart (Gresham Professor of Geometry, Professor Emerita of Mathematics and Fellow of Birkbeck, University of London), author of Once Upon A Prime: The Wondrous Connections between Mathematics and Literature. Sarah will be signing copies of her book after the event and both cash and card payments are accepted.

The talk will be uploaded to the LMS YouTube channel - click 'subscribe' to be alerted when new videos are added.

You can watch previous LMS Popular Lectures here.

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Sarah Hart (Birkbeck, University of London)

The beautiful connections between mathematics and literature

In this lecture we’ll look at some of the many ways that mathematical ideas and structures can be found in literature. From the hidden algebra behind poetic forms, to a novel whose underlying structure uses a mathematical puzzle that took 200 years to solve, we’ll see that the links between mathematics and literature are beautiful and profound – and can enhance our appreciation of both subjects. 

19:50 Q&A
20:00 Book Signing



For details on accessibility, please visit Bramall Hall's AccessAble page.

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To attend in person, please complete the registration form here.

This event is free of charge and open to all ages, whether LMS members or not.

We welcome school groups and other large parties to this event, please contact education@lms.ac.uk for any bookings of 10+ people.

Grants of up to £200 are available to parents and carers who wish to attend this event and require help towards caring costs. Please see the Caring Supplementary Grants page on the LMS website. Please submit your application no later than 15:00 on Thursday 2 May. For any questions on Caring Grants, please contact womenanddiversity@lms.ac.uk.

For all other queries, please contact education@lms.ac.uk.