The Andrew Wiles Building, home to Oxford Mathematics, is very much a public venue and a space for creativity, mathematical and beyond. Over the last eight years we have hosted art exhibitions, music and drama and that spirit continues with two performances in the next month.

First, on 2 February, as part of our partnership with the Faculty of Music in Oxford, we are delighted to welcome the Castalian String Quartet. The Quartet holds the Hans Keller String Quartet Residency at the Faculty of Music for the academic years 2021-24. And later, on February 17-19, we are excited to be hosting the premiere of a new play by Marcus du Sautoy.

The Castalian String Quartet

Mozart - String Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K. 421

Fanny Mendelssohn - String Quartet in E flat major


Felix Mendelssohn – String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80

The Castalian String Quartet presents a programme of three string quartets from Viennese composers. Starting with one of Mozart's quartet tributes to Haydn, his String Quartet No. 15 in D minor; this is followed by one of the earliest known string quartets written by a woman composer, Fanny Mendelssohn's String Quartet in E flat major; and ending with Felix Mendelssohn’s final String Quartet, his last major work, powerful and tempestuous.

The concert will be preceded by a talk by Dr Sebastian Wedler at 6.30pm. The concert will start at 7.30pm.

Mathematical Institute, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG.

Tickets £15, free entry for all under 21s.

Book tickets here.

The Axiom of Choice by Marcus du Sautoy

From the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University comes a ground-breaking new play: The Axiom of Choice.

Join eminent mathematician Andre Weil and his fictional creation Bourbaki, on their journey from zero via France, India and Finland to the edge of infinity, as they try to make sense of whether we really have free will or if our choices are pre-determined. 

Imprisoned in Rouen during the Second World War, our hero, Weil, faces a choice that will determine his fate. And yet his final decision just doesn’t make sense. Bourbaki are here to solve this equation, recreate their creator and offer a proof to the problem. Life, they believe, is like a mathematical theorem made up of interconnected logical strands. But does a life always add up?

Written & Directed by Marcus du Sautoy 
Co-Directed by Lu Curtis
Produced by Claire Gilbert Ltd. 
Supported by Dangor Education, Stage One Bursary Scheme for New Producers & Charles and Lisa Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences

Thursday 17 February 7.30pm
Friday 18 February 7.30pm + Post Show discussion 
Saturday 19 February 2pm & 7.30pm 
Tickets: £10 
Concessions: £5
Mathematical Institute, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG

60 minutes, no interval. Book your tickets here

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