Pioneer works presents an evening of readings and book launch for Marcus Du Sautoy’s THE GREAT UNKNOWN: Seven Journeys to the Frontiers of Science, on April 19. As the Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University, world-famous mathematician and bestselling author Marcus du Sautoy makes even the most confounding scientific concepts not only graspable but also entertaining. In THE GREAT UNKNOWN: Seven Journeys to the Frontiers of Science, he decided to break out of his comfort zone and explore science at its outer frontiers, embracing its most mind-bending and mystifying puzzles. The chapters in THE GREAT UNKNOWN invite us to explore seven big questions that challenge our assumptions about the world around us and invite us to consider both what we see and ourselves with renewed wonder. Will we ever be able to predict the future? Why is it that we can know when a giant star light-years away will die, but we can’t accurately forecast the weather next week? Will we ever master the world of quantum particles? What lies beyond our expanding universe? Can what it means to be human be located in the brain? What is the true beginning of time?
Marcus Du Sautoy is the author of several books including Symmetry: A Journey into the Patterns of Nature, The Num8er My5teries: A Mathematical Odyssey Through Everyday Life, and What We Cannot Know. He has written and presented more than a dozen popular television series, including The Story of Maths, The Code, and The Music of the Primes. A member of an experimental theatre troupe who has frequently collaborated with Simon McBurney, he contributed dialogue to his hit Broadway play The Encounter. Du Sautoy is the recipient of the Berwick prize, awarded to Britain’s most outstanding young mathematician, and the Royal Society’s Faraday Prize for excellence in communicating science. In 2011, he was appointed Officer of the British Empire for his services to Science. In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society and in 2016 a Fellow of the Royal Society.