Professor Daya Reddy explores what is to be made of G.H. Hardy’s “A Mathematician’s Apology” today, as part of the Gordon Institute of Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) Great Texts/Big Questions lecture series.
“A Mathematician’s Apology” is an essay published in 1940 by G.H. Hardy (1877 – 1947) – a giant of British and world mathematics in the earlier part of the 20th century. In this text, Hardy addresses a range of topics that include justifications for the study of mathematics, its aesthetic qualities, notions of usefulness, and the relationship between age and creative powers. While Hardy provides a sense of the workings of the mathematical mind in this essay, some of his views – often expressed in trenchant terms – have attracted criticism, while others are regarded as outmoded.
Professor Reddy’s lecture will explore aspects of Hardy’s essay by providing some historical context, and re-examining its key elements from a modern perspective.
Daya Reddy holds the South African Research Chair in Computational Mechanics, and is a member of the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at UCT. He has published widely on the modelling of complex material behaviour and associated mathematical and computational issues. He is a member or fellow of various national and international academies.
This event will take place at Hiddingh Hall, University of Cape Town (UCT) Hiddingh Campus, Orange Street, Cape Town on Thursday 12 April at 17:30 and is free. Refreshments will be served from 17:00. No Booking is necessary. For more information on the series, please contact 021 480 7156 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Author: Fiona Gordon