a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
|One of the storylines of McBurney's A Disappearing Number written for his experimental theater troupe, "Complicite", concerns Srinivasa Ramanujan's collaboration with G.H. Hardy. Another focuses on a modern female mathematician's desire to have children. Other subplots involve an Indian businessman and an Indian scientist at CERN.
The Complicite website says of this play:
A Disappearing Number takes as its starting point the story of the most mysterious and romantic mathematical collaborations of all time.
Simultaneously a narrative and an enquiry, the production crosses three continents and several histories, to weave a provocative theatrical pattern about our relentless compulsion to understand.
Threaded through this pattern of stories and ideas are questions. About mathematics and beauty; imagination and the nature of infinity; about what is continuous and what permanent; how we are attached to the past and how we affect the future; how we create and how we love.
A man mourns the loss of his lover, a mathematician mourns her own fate. A businessman travels from Los Angeles to Chennai pursuing the future; a physicist in CERN looks for it too. The mathematician GHHardy seeks to comprehend the ideas of the genius Srinivasa Ramanujan in the chilly English surroundings of Cambridge during the First World War. Ramanujan looks to create some of the most complex mathematical patterns of all time.
Some pictures from the production are available at the Barbican Theater website, at least for the moment.
|More information about this work can be found at www.complicite.org.|
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