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The Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society, founded in 1819, is a charity that promotes interest in science, literature and the arts – in the city of Leeds and beyond. We have meetings, lectures, entertainments, publications and visits.

Public Cheney Lecture: A Thing of Beauty

Where science and art combine

Leeds Phil & Lit members are invited to a pair of lectures at the University of Leeds about fascinating ways in which maths, nature and art interact and influence one another

Ron Lifshitz is a physics professor using mathematics and geometry to study the structure of matter. Dominic Hopkinson is a sculptor who uses mathematical concepts to create art. Both are constantly guided by the influence of geometry and symmetry in their work. These lectures will offer insights about how maths, nature and art come together to create beautiful forms.

This lecture is part of the Inspired by Bragg series of events, celebrating the life of Nobel prize winner Sir William Henry Bragg, and commemorating the launch of a new building at the University of Leeds that bears his name.

Lecture 1: What is a Crystal? New Answers to an Old Question

Lecture 2: Divine Proportion – “Without mathematics, there is no art.” A sculptor’s interpretation of a mathematical concept

The lecture event will be followed by a drinks reception, during which there will be an opportunity to see some of the sculptures and talk to both speakers.

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