Wonderfest visits St. Helena's beautiful Cameo Cinema for a special screening of The Man Who Knew Infinity, with expert commentary by NPR "Math Guy" Keith Devlin. The Man Who Knew Infinity is the true story of Indian savant Srinivasa Ramanujan, arguably the greatest mathematical genius of the 20th century. Ramanujan believes his insights come from god, and need no proof. His atheist Oxford collaborator, G.H. Hardy, thinks — and demands — otherwise. The clash of cultures and magnificent minds is captivating.
Freeing us from a measure of captivity will be Stanford mathematician Keith Devlin. He has untangled great ideas on National Public Radio, and he is the author of numerous popular books. Dr. Devlin will help us to understand Ramanujan’s revelations. Central to his insights — and central to the fundamental tension in the movie — is the murky provenance of mathematical truths: Where do math insights come from, and how important is the concept of proof?
WHAT: The Man Who Knew Infinity, with Keith Devlin
WHO: Keith Devlin, Executive Director, H-STAR Institute, Stanford [http://devlinsangle.blogspot.com]
WHERE: Cameo Cinema, 1340 Main Street, St. Helena, CA 94574 [http://www.cameocinema.com]
WHEN: 2016-10-09 3:00pm, Sunday, October 9, 2016