Five Books – Marcus du Sautoy on The Beauty of Maths

Marcus du Sautoy on The Beauty of Maths

“The Oxford professor tells us how he finds beauty in maths, and why his ultimate aim is to become a master of the glass bead game.”

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BBC Radio 3 The Essay: Literature and Mathematics

Marcus du Sautoy reveals that writers, just like musicians and visual artists, have found ways to use maths to structure their writing. Not only can you find mathematical ideas discussed in books such as Ian McEwan’s Solar or Bonnie Greer’s Entropy; but you can also find maths in the structure of many famous literary works, notably the recent Booker winner The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, whose chapters are each half the length of the previous one, causing the pace of the novel to accelerate towards the end.”