In his lecture, Professor Miller will consider the concept of creativity in the context of his research into the history and philosophy of nineteenth and twentieth century science and technology, cognitive science, scientific creativity, and the relation between art and science.
Key questions to be discussed include the following:
Why are some people are more innately talented than others?
Can algorithms enable us to better understand the mind of a Bach or a Mondrian?
Can computers be genuinely creative?
Can discoveries be made while dreaming?
Professor Miller's books include Empire of the Stars and Einstein, Picasso: Space, Time and the Beauty that Causes Havoc, which was nominated for the Pulitzer prize.
Arthur Miller: Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, and essayist whose plays include All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, and A View from the Bridge.