Part of the CRASSH Fellows Work-in-Progress seminar
series. All welcome, no registration necessary. Sandwich lunch and
Dr Stephen Abbott (Mathematics/Middlebury)
This is not a case of theater simply mining science for interesting source material. What happens in the best mathematical plays is that the metaphors work in both directions as does the sense of illumination. This cross-pollination is most easily experienced in plays with explicit mathematical content (A Disappearing Number, Proof) but it can also be analyzed in relation to form. In fact, a defining trait of modern science plays is the successful way in which they exploit the merging of form and content. What is significant is that 20th century mathematics—and in particular mathematical logic—is also characterized by investigations into the consequences of merging form and content. These structural similarities reveal an even deeper kinship between drama and mathematics than might be expected.
To access the Readings for the Work in Progress seminar, please contact Michelle Maciejewska.