7 February, 2024
Tuesday 5 March, Gatsby's Room at The Beaumont
We are delighted to announce our first literary event of 2024. Join us for a somewhat different and very special evening as award-winning mathematician and author Marcus du Sautoy OBE talks about his book Around the World in 80 Games and hosts a night of games in Gatsby's Room, over a drink and some snacks.
Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University, Marcus du Sautoy brings his knowledge of the history of games and his gleeful insights into how we can use maths to better our game play to the occasion.
Players are invited for drinks and bar snacks in Gatsby's Room where they can select from a line-up of traditional games, including, backgammon, chess, scrabble, rummikub and cards (to name a few), before settling in for a short and interactive talk with Marcus.
As the game playing commences, Marcus will be on hand to offer playful advice, historical context and answer any questions from the room with his unique wit and charm.
As part of their ticket, each guest will receive a round of snacks as well as a hardback copy of Around the World in 80 Games which the author will happily sign.
Only bookable for tables of 2 or 4
Ticket Price: £60 for 2, including a hardback copy of the book and a round of snacks per person | £110 for tables of 4, including a hardback copy of the book and a round of snacks per person
Time: 18:30pm - guests arrive | 19:00pm - discussion and games start
Location: Gatsby's Room at The Beaumont
Availability is limited
Marcus du Sautoy is the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford.
He is author of eight books including his most recent book Around the World in 80 Games (Fourth Estate 2023) described by Stephen Fry as "captivating".
He is author of two plays including I is a Strange Loop (Faber 2021) which was performed at the Barbican in London in which he was also lead actor. He has presented numerous radio and TV series including a four part landmark TV series for the BBC called The Story of Maths.
He works extensively with a range of arts organisations bringing science alive for the public from The Royal Opera House to the Glastonbury Festival. He received an OBE for services to science in the 2010 New Year's Honours List and was made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2016. His book 'Around the World in 80 Games' is a delve into the mind of an award-winning mathematician as he explores the maths behind the games we love and why we love to play them.