Professor Tianxin Cai

Professor Tianxin Cai

Join Professor Tianxin Cai for a unique exploration of the interplay between art and mathematics at the Reid Library on Thursday 26 September.

Professor Cai is not only an accomplished Chinese poet, essayist, translator, photographer and traveller, but is also a professor of mathematics at Zhejiang University, one of China’s leading academic institutions.

He holds a PhD in number theory and has published extensively in this field, but it is the numbers relating to his own life which show the full extent of his talents. Professor Cai is the author of more than 70 mathematics papers as well as over 30 books in Chinese and 15 in English and other languages. His poetry has been translated into more than 20 languages, he has held more than 10 solo photography exhibitions and is the winner of numerous literary and scientific awards. He has also travelled to more than 100 countries - this visit to Perth is his first. He edits an influential Chinese literary journal, is a regular columnist for a respected Shanghai magazine and has translated work from authors including Margaret Atwood and Gabriel García Márquez into Chinese.

Professor Cai was born in 1963 and grew up during China’s Cultural Revolution, which saw the entire education system thrown into turmoil for the best part of a decade. When the national college entrance exam finally resumed, more than 5.7 million Chinese people aged between 15 and 36 took part in the first year, with fewer than 5% securing a university place. As one of these successful candidates, Professor Cai - then aged just 15 - joined a cohort of students now widely seen as some of the brightest and most determined people of their time.

Professor Cai will be joined by UWA author and literary historian Associate Professor Tony Hughesd’Aeth for a discussion on the links and synergies between mathematics, art and daily life. 

Thursday 26 September 2019
2-3pm followed by refreshments
The Circle, Reid Library, UWA,
Register by email:
[email protected]
Entry is free, but registering by 22 September is essential for catering purposes.