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JH Michell Lecture Theatre

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University of Melbourne

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In this lecture Professor Cai will focus on the interplay between Science and Humanity. He will explain why Mathematics is everywhere.

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Abstract: Our civilization has been developed based on modern knowledge and tradition, or oriental and occidental, but there is an important third source which has often been neglected: interdisciplinary and intercultural inference and exchange. In this talk, Professor Cai will focus on the interplay between science and humanity and, in particular, the similarity between mathematics, art, poetry, and daily life. Professor Cai believes that there is a process from seeing to discovering in any field of study or career, and he will demonstrate it through classical and modern painting together with photographs that he has taken all around the world.

About the Speaker: Dr. Cai Tianxin is a mathematician, poet and essayist, photographer, a distinguished professor of Zhejiang University, China. He is the author of over 30 books of poetry, essays, travels, photography, autobiography and academic work on number theory. His work has been translated and published into more than 20 languages, including three books in English. He is the winner of the 2013 Naji Naaman Poetry Award (Beirut), the 2019 Kathak Literature award (Dakar), and the 2017 National Award of Science and Technology (Beijing) for his book of essays Mathematical Legends. He was a guest of the Needham Center, Cambridge, UK; the Descartes Center, Utrecht, Netherland; the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, USA; Arabic Cultural Week, Baghdad, Iraq and a jury member of International NUMTA Young Research Award, Italy.

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JH Michell Lecture Theatre

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University of Melbourne

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