From Seeing to Discovering

Presented by ANU College of Science

Our civilisation has been developed based on modern knowledge and tradition, or oriental and occidental, but there is an important third source that has been largely neglected: interdisciplinary and intercultural inference and exchange. In this lecture, Professor Cai will focus on the interplay between science and humanity – in particular, the similarities between mathematics, art, poetry and daily life.

Professor Cai believes that there is a process from seeing to discovering in any field of study or career, and will demonstrate this through photographs from around the world together with some classical paintings.

About the speaker

Prof. Cai Tianxin is a mathematician, poet and essayist, photographer, and outstanding professor of Zhejiang University, China. He is the author of over 30 books of poetry, essays, travels, photograph, autobiography and academic work on number theory. His work has been translated and published into more than 20 languages, including three books in English.

He is the winner of the 2013 Naji Naaman Poetry Award(Beirut), the 2019 Kathak Literature award(Dakar), and the 2017 National Award of Science and Technology(Beijing) for his book of essays Mathematical Legends. He was a resident of Lavigny, Swiss, the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, USA.; a guest of Arabic Cultural week, Baghdad, Needham Center, Cambridge and Descartes Center, Utrecht, Netherland; a jury member of International NUMTA Young Research Award, Italy; International Haiku Contest, Tokyo; Swiss-China Art Project, Zurich and An-Gao Poetry Prize, China.