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19 Nov - "Rigour and aesthetics: Japanese traditional mathematics" Lecture by Emanuele Delucchi, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

The visit of Emanuele Delucchi is organised in collaboration with Fabrizio Caselli from the Department of Mathematics.

Nov 19, 2019 from 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM

Where Sala Rossa, Palazzo Marchesini, via Marsala 26, Bologna (first floor)

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Japanese traditional mathematics developed between the Sixteenth and the Nineteenth century, in particular during a period of self-decreed isolation from foreign countries. The custom of hanging wooden tablets inscribed with geometrical figures and mathematical problems in Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines is perhaps the most suggestive expression of this mathematical heritage, and it is often taken as an example of convergence between mathematics and art. We will undertake a short jouney through historical, artistic and scientific aspects of japanese traditional mathematics, in a talk open to all audiences and with no mathematical prerequisites. Along the way we will hopefully see that mathematical thought is far from dry and impersonal. Indeed, mathematics is a most human science.