JUST ADDED! Rob Eastaway Much Ado About Numbers

Saturday 4 May 2024

Welcombe Hotel and Spa

What's the connection between Shakespeare and maths? A lot, as it turns out! Shakespeare grew up in a time of remarkable mathematical innovation. From astronomy to probability, music to multiplication, new mathematical ideas were taking off - and much of this was reflected in his work. The award-winning author Rob Eastaway explores the surprising and entertaining ways that maths and numbers crop up in Shakespeare's plays. Find out how Tudors multiplied, why Shakespeare never ended a line with the word orange, and why dice-playing was a serious hazard for the unwary. With historical asides about games, optics, astronomy, music and magic, you will never think about maths, history or Shakespeare the same way again.

Rob is best known as the author of several bestselling popular maths books, including Why Do Buses Come in Threes? and Maths On the Back of an Envelope. He is a regular guest on the BBC Radio 4 programme More or Less, with Tim Harford.

“A spectacular journey through Shakespeare’s mathematical world” – Dr Simon Smith, The Shakespeare Institute.
“You can count on both Rob Eastaway and Shakespeare to make mathematics entertaining” – Sir Tim Rice

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