Like art, poetry and music, maths is just another way to connect to the world.
Mathematician, Dr Clio Cresswell PhD, believes the answers to most of the big questions lie in mind-bending equations. After years of research, she explained her theories on finding the perfect relationship in her book, Mathematics and Sex.
Now, she turns the same boundless energy and humour to some of the other biggest challenges facing humanity, including Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Social Media.
"Mathematics is all about patterns, whether it's in the stock-market, society or in your bedroom," she says.
Dr Clio Cresswell is an expert on translating these patterns into a language that the rest of us understand. She has delivered two TEDx presentations, spoken at International Future Congresses, government summits and corporate retreats around the world.
She is able to connect diverse themes, explain difficult concepts, and entertain large audiences with expansive ideas and a lively sense of humour.
Using mathematics to open a unique window into our humanity, Dr Cresswell is looking at how the brain works and makes sense of its environment.
The work is about unpacking our problem-solving ability and the current place of logic and the analytic in our global culture. She is examining where we find ourselves today as a species. Is there something beyond analysis? Or if we head towards an analytic infinity point, do we lose part of what makes us human? How does creativity make its way in for novel solutions?
“If you want to understand the full picture you need to have both an analytic and emotional understanding. Most of the time the analytic is well contextualised while the sensorial side is neglected. “ Dr Cresswell’s vision is more balanced and centres on integrating the two aspects.
Mathematics and sex | Clio Cresswell | TEDxSydneyMathematics and sex are deeply intertwined. From using mathematics to reveal patterns in our sex lives, to using sex to prime our brain for certain types of problems, to understanding them both in terms of the evolutionary roots of our brain, Dr Clio Cresswell shares her insight into it all. Dr Clio Cresswell is a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics at The University of Sydney researching the evolution of mathematical thought and the role of mathematics in society. Born in England, she spent part of her childhood on a Greek island, and was then schooled in the south of France where she studied Visual Art. At eighteen she simultaneously discovered the joys of Australia and mathematics, following on to win the University Medal and complete a PhD in mathematics at The University of New South Wales. Communicating mathematics is her field and passion. Clio has appeared on panel shows commenting, debating and interviewing; authored book reviews and opinion pieces; joined breakfast radio teams and current affair programs; always there highlighting the mathematical element to our lives. She is author of Mathematics and Sex.