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Ira Lightman and Sean Damian Bruno
Saturday 2 December 2006 22:00-22:30 (Radio 3)
Ian McMillan presents the weekly language, literature and performance cabaret.
This week on The Verb, Ian McMillan explores the poetry of maths and the maths of poetry. Crossing the boundaries between language and formula, Ian is joined by the award-winning poet of beauty and form, Wendy Cope, and by Graham Farmelo, Associate Professor of Physics at Northeastern University in Boston, to ask how a poem and an equation can be the same thing. This year marks 300 years of Pi, the Greek name for the equation which maps the relationship between a circle's perimeter and its diameter. The Verb celebrates Pi's 300th birthday with a specially commissioned Eartoon from the poet, mathematician and polymath Ira Lightman. And there's performance from the Canadian writer and actor Sean Damian Bruno, with an extract from his new one man drama, a tender exploration of family and loss. Join Ian McMillan for The Verb's maths and poetry extravaganza at ten o'clock this Saturday night here on Radio 3.