Ever wondered why there are four suits in a pack of cards? Or want to know what prime numbers have to do with Real Madrid’s footballing success? Well, writers at Jaipur Literature Festival may have just the answer this month.
To be held from January 17 to 21 at Diggi Palace Hotel, the seventh edition of the festival will see an increase in the number of science, math and technology writers appearing at the annual event. 1989 Nobel laureate in medicine, Dr Harold Varmus will discuss his recent memoir, The Art and Politics of Science.
Also appearing will be Marcus du Sautoy, one of the UK’s leading scientists and Oxford University’s professor of public understanding of science (a post previously held by JLF veteran Richard Dawkins.)
Sautoy will discuss his book The Number Mysteries and talk through five mathematical problems that just refuse to be solved, whilst also explaining how many everyday problems can be solved by simple math.
Every time we download a song from iTunes, take a flight across the Atlantic or talk on our mobile phones, we are relying on great mathematical inventions. He will even explain how prime numbers are the key to Real Madrid’s success.
Theoretical physicist and broadcaster Jim Al-Khalili will share his latest book Paradox: The Nine Greatest Enigmas in Science. In his book, he lays science fiction to rest as he opens up Einstein’s Universe. He even gives us a recipe for a time machine, capable of taking us back to the future, to Alice’s Wonderland, or on a trip with the Terminator!
1989 Nobel laureate in medicine, Dr Harold Varmus will discuss his recent memoir - The Art and Politics of Science
Others who will be seen at the festival include Richard Holmes, Barnaby Rogerson, AN Wilson, Ravi Venkatesan, Marcus du Sautoy.