Marcus Du Sautoy – Live on Stage in London | How To Academy



Wed, 11 October 2023

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm BST

Marcus Du Sautoy – Live on Stage in London

A Mathematician’s Guide to the World’s Greatest Games

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Join the beloved mathematician Marcus du Sautoy for a globe-trotting guide to the secret art and science of games – from Scrabble to Wordle, game theory to gamification.

Oxford’s Marcus du Sautoy has taught us how to think smarter with maths, predicted the rise of generative AI, and introduced us to the music of the primes – all the while forging a reputation as one of the world’s most renowned mathematicians.

Now he returns to How To Academy for a light-hearted but serious look at the secret life of games. Why do some games seem to be universal while others have a particular connection to the culture of the people playing them? How do you invent a good game? Why do some games, like lockdown favourite Wordle, capture the zeitgeist while others disappear without a trace?

The most simple games endure: board games, card games and dice games have captivated us for centuries and the acclaimed mathematician and author of The Creativity Code (among many others) will once again bring mathematics to the fore with insight and aplomb in this live and livestreamed talk.

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Marcus du Sautoy

Oxford Mathematician

Marcus du Sautoy is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of the Royal Society. In 2008 he was appointed to the university’s prestigious professorship as the Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science, a post previously held by Richard Dawkins. He has presented numerous radio and TV programmes, including a four-part landmark TV series for the BBC called The Story of Maths. He works extensively with a range of arts organisations bringing science alive for the public, from the Royal Opera House to the Glastonbury Festival.