Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Zip, Zilch, Nada! The void in music, mathematics and Zen.

October 12, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

‘Horror vacui’- Nature abhors a vacuum (Aristotle)

This the first of a series of talks by Prof Mike Worboys discussing how some cornerstone concepts manifest themselves as fundamental in a range of cultural practices, with a focus of music, mathematics, and religion (particularly, Zen Buddhism).

This talk considers ‘nothing’. Music is an interplay between sound and silence; zero is a foundation of our number systems; and the void and emptiness, as well as keeping silence, are fundamental to many religions. Indeed the ‘enso’ or ‘empty circle’, shown in the figure, is the principal emblem of Zen.

The speaker is well qualified to speak on this topic, having higher degrees in both mathematics and music as well as having spent a prolonged period as a Zen practitioner.

Lectures will be delivered via Zoom. If you haven’t used Zoom before, please go to www.zoom.us and look at the tutorials. Once you have booked, you will receive a confirmatory email from Eventbrite, including a link to the Zoom invitation. If you can’t find the invitation, please email berwickea@gmail.com.

If you book this course online, we will hold your personal data in accordance with our privacy policy. If you do not wish us to hold your personal data, please book by post and do not supply an email address