Originally aired on Saturday Morning, Saturday 13 December 2014
Marcus du Sautoy is the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of New College.
He is well known for popularising mathematics, and is the author of three books: The Music of the Primes: Why an Unsolved Problem in Mathematics Matters(2003, Harper Perennial), which Marcus du Sautoy spoke to Kim Hill about in 2007, Finding Moonshine(2008), and The Number Mysteries (2010, Fourth Estate), and writes the Finding Moonshine blog.
Marcus du Sautoy joins Kim Hill to talk about the practical significance of symmetry, and the way language, art and mathematics interact.
Professor du Sautoy is visiting New Zealand as 2014 Distinguished Speaker for the Royal Society.
He delivered his lecture, The Art of Mathematics and the Mathematics of Art, this week in Auckland, Nelson Wellington and Palmerston North, and will also speak in Christchurch (16 December), and Dunedin (17 December).