Matera 2019

From Pitagora to algorithms

Would you ever say that an equation can change the way we live and think? Pythagoras and the Bible firmly believed in it. Then came the voices of Copernicus, Kepler, Leibniz, Newton, who confirmed that our ideas, our art, our relationship with the world are strongly linked to theway we count, weigh and measure.

It is along this line of thought that the six paths of the exhibition 'Poetics of prime numbers' unfold: one historical, two didactic and three artistic, where you will find the works of artists such as Escher, Nespolo and Spizzichino.To make this experience even more unique lectures will be given by some of the most brilliant mathematicians: Andrew Wiles, to whom we owe the proof of Fermat’s theorem, Sir Michael Atiyah, Fields medal recipient. In this large-scale project 'The Poetry of primes', by Piergiorgio Odifreddi, there will be an abundance of different workshops, real mathematical shows and magic shows, a brush up on algebra and science textbooks and the chance to fall in love with this fascinating universe.

Project Partners:

“Istituto di Nanotecnologia” of the National Research Centre – Lecce, Italy
"Non temiamo la matematica" (We are not afraid of Mathematics) of the Municipality of Ravarino (MO), Italy

Venue and Date *:

At Metaponto and Policoro – archaeological museums, Tavole Palatine from 21st June to 31st October 2019

(*) Dates and venues may be subject to change

Piergiorgio Odifreddi

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