Secrets of Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll’s book, Alice in Wonderland, is famous as a story that doesn’t make much sense – unless you know that the author was a mathematician!

Join us for this part-performance, part-discussion as we uncover the mathematical commentary within the pages of Alice in Wonderland and learn about emerging thinking in modern mathematics.
Performed by science communicator Cobi Smith as Alice, with narration by University of Adelaide mathematician David Butler, this event celebrates the 150th anniversary of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland.

Bring a copy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland book if you’d like to read along. Get into the spirit by dressing up – there will be a prize for the best costume and opportunities to participate onstage. Or simply come along to watch and enjoy the ambiance of celebration!

When: 7 July 2015, 6pm
Bar open from 5pm
Where: LAB-14, 700 Swanston St, Carlton
Cost: $14 general admission, $10 concession

About the perfomers
Cobi Smith
Cobi-smithCobi’s adventures in the wonderland that is Earth have taken her to mathematically fantastic places including ANU, CERN and the University of Cambridge, though she’s most at home in southern Australia. Her attempts at completing a PhD lately feel like the Mad Hatter’s tea party. She’s passionate about sustainable development and openness, which are keeping her in Melbourne for now. Sometimes her surreal comedy feels like her research life and her research life feels like surreal comedy.

Dr David Butler
david-butlerDr David Butler is the coordinator of the Maths Learning Centre at the University of Adelaide, where he helps all the students learn and love maths wherever they meet it. He has been recognised for his work by an OLT Citation for Excellence in Support of the Student Experience. When he is not exciting people with the joy of maths and it’s learning, David is pursuing his other loves of children’s literature and board games.