Leading Mathematician to Deliver Talk on AI and Creativity

One of the UK’s best-known mathematicians will deliver a public lecture about artificial intelligence and the nature of creativity at the University of Lincoln later this month.

Marcus du Sautoy OBE is the Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford, Professor of Mathematics and a Fellow of New College.

He will deliver a free public guest lecture as the guest speaker for the University of Lincoln’s Annual Boole Lecture in Mathematics.

The event will take place at 6pm on 15th January 2020 in the Isaac Newton Building at the University of Lincoln.

In his talk, Professor Du Sautoy will explore what it is to be creative in mathematics, art, language and music. He will discuss how computer algorithms now play a central role in our lives; making decisions about the music we listen to, the partners we date and how we invest our money. He will invite the audience to consider whether machines could produce something creative, and might that push us into being more imaginative in turn?

Marcus Du Sautoy is well known for his work popularising mathematics on radio, TV, and in print. He is the author of the best-selling popular mathematics book The Music of the Primes, as well as of six other popular mathematics books, including his latest book, The Creativity Code. He has made a number of television appearances, including co-hosting Dara Ó Briain’s School of Hard Sums for three seasons.

Professor Andrei Zvelindovsky, Head of the School of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Lincoln, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Marcus du Sautoy as the special guest speaker for this year’s Annual Boole Lecture in Mathematics at the University of Lincoln. Boole’s work made the digital age possible and the power of modern computer algorithms powered by Boolean logic are now opening up the next wave of technological change and innovation. We look forward to this fascinating talk by one of the UK’s leading mathematicians on how mathematics helps to shape our world, and what the future of Artificial Intelligence might be.”

In 2009, Professor Du Sautoy was awarded the Royal Society’s Faraday Prize, the UK’s premier award for excellence in communicating science. He received an OBE for services to science in 2010.

Admission to the Annual Boole Lecture in Mathematics is free but booking is essential. For more information and to book tickets, please visit: https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studentlife/whatson/events/