The Grandeur and Limits of Science
IFF director Margaret Wertheim is the subject of this week’s edition of On Being, the acclaimed NPR program hosted by Krista Tippett. In a discussion that ranges widely across disciplines Wertheim discusses the roots of the IFF’s work at the interface of science, mathematics and art, with forays into her life as a writer who has also authored books about the intersection of science and religion.
“A passionate translator of the beauty and relevance of scientific questions, Margaret Wertheim is also wise about the limits of science to tell the whole story of the human self. Her Institute For Figuring in Los Angeles reveals evocative, visceral connections between high mathematics, crochet and other folk arts, and our love of the planet.” –— From the On Being website
This interview was conducted at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, as part of the public programming for the forthcoming installation of the IFF’s Crochet Coral Reef project in the MIA’s summer exhibition Leonardo da Vinci, the Codex Leicester and the Creative Mind, June 21 – August 30, 2015