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Variations on a Theorem

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Science  05 Oct 2007:
Vol. 318, Issue 5847, pp. 47-48
DOI: 10.1126/science.1150152

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A Disappearing Number. Conceived and directed by Simon McBurney, devised by Complicite. Co-produced by Complicite, barbicanbite07, Wiener Festwochen, Holland Festival, Ruhrfestspiele, in association with Theatre Royal Plymouth. Barbican Theatre, London. Through 6 October 2007. www.complicite.org/productions/detail.html?id=43

The play, which takes as its starting point the collaboration between the mathematicians Srinivasa Ramanujan (a poor Brahmin from South India) and G. H. Hardy (a Cambridge don), explores our relentless compulsion to understand.