The Webinar on The Mathematics of Literature took place on Friday, July 30th, 2021 from 12 pm until 1 pm, with Dr. Marta Macho-Stadler, Professor of Mathematics at the University of the Basque Country in Spain, as our invited speaker. This virtual event was free and open to the general public.
The invited speaker shared several examples of mathematics in literary works, such as in “The Planet of the Apes” by Pierre Boulle, “Marius” by Marcel Pagnol, “Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift, “The Mysterious Island” by Jules Verne and “The Gold-Bug” by Edgar Allan Poe. Dr. Marta Macho-Stadler also presented on sestinas, which is a poetic composition created by the Provencal troubadour Arnaut Daniel. The speaker ended the virtual event by highlighting the “Binary Poem” by Jacques Roubaud.