Holly Krieger

The Beauty of Symmetry through the eyes of a Mathematician
Oct 10, 2017  -  Spaces Zuidas, Barbara Strozzilaan 201 Amsterdam

We are pleased to announce that renowned American mathematician Holly Krieger will visit the John Adams to discuss how mathematics can be used to describe the beauty of symmetry. For centuries, symmetry has fascinated philosophers, astronomers, mathematicians, artists, architects and physicists. It is a prevalent aesthetic theme in the art and architecture of many cultures, and is found all throughout nature. A human face, for example, is found to be more attractive when it is symmetrical. But why is symmetry so satisfying?

Holly Krieger is a lecturer a Britain’s University of Cambridge and Director of Studies and Fellow in Maths at Murray Edwards College, one of the few women-only colleges of Cambridge. She is well-known for her Numberphile videos which have drawn millions of views. She will explain how mathematicians study both natural and abstract objects by understanding their symmetries. Join us this evening for an inside view of the mathematics that are all around us.

Click below to watch Holly Krieger explain dynamical sequences, prime divisors and special exceptions.

Moderator: Ellen de Bruin

In collaboration with: Aegon, Christiaan Huygens Prijs and Spaces