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Featuring: Boho Interactive: Chaos, complexity, balloons and bunnies ; Marcus du Sautoy: Symmetry, reality’s riddle ; Amy Tan: Where does creativity hide? ; Ron Eglash: The fractals at the heart of African designs

Boho Interactive: Chaos, complexity, balloons and bunnies

Science, art, theatre and big complex problems collide when Boho Interactive appear. They help to bring science education and understanding to the wider community.

In this performance at TEDx­Can­berra 2011, sci­ence the­atre group Boho demon­strate in “18 one-minute talks” that Com­plex­ity The­ory really can be under­stood by the aver­age per­son. Not only that, they bring to the fore a num­ber of global issues and dis­cuss them in the con­text of com­plex sys­tems interaction.


Marcus du Sautoy: Symmetry, reality’s riddle

The world turns on symmetry — from the spin of subatomic particles to the dizzying beauty of an arabesque. But there’s more to it than meets the eye. Here, Oxford mathematician Marcus du Sautoy offers a glimpse of the invisible numbers that marry all symmetrical objects.


Amy Tan: Where does creativity hide?

Novelist Amy Tan digs deep into the creative process, looking for hints of how hers evolved.

Born in the US to immigrant parents from China, Amy Tan rejected her mother’s expectations that she become a doctor and concert pianist. She chose to write fiction instead. Her much-loved, best-selling novels have been translated into 35 languages. In 2008, she wrote a libretto for The Bonesetter’s Daughter, which premiered that September with the San Francisco Opera.

Tan was the creative consultant for Sagwa, the Emmy-nominated PBS series for children, and she has appeared as herself on The Simpsons. She’s the lead rhythm dominatrix, backup singer and second tambourine with the Rock Bottom Remainders, a literary garage band that has raised more than a million dollars for literacy programs.


Ron Eglash: The fractals at the heart of African designs

‘I am a mathematician, and I would like to stand on your roof.’ That is how Ron Eglash greeted many African families he met while researching the fractal patterns he’d noticed in villages across the continent.

Ron Eglash is an ethno-mathematician: he studies the way math and cultures intersect. He has shown that many aspects of African design — in architecture, art, even hair braiding — are based on perfect fractal patterns.



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