Italien: Festival lyfter matematiken

At the four-day event which ends on Sunday including five Nobel winners as well as writers and musicians all seeking to explain in a lively way why art, business and music exist thanks to numbers. "The idea of the festival is to present it in a more interesting way without dumbing things down," said Italian mathematician and festival director Piergiorgio Odifreddi.

The festival drew 60,000 visitors last year and is, according to organisers, fuelling a maths boom in Italy that has seen university applications double in two years.

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