1st Place Prize = Moira Chas = “The Mathematical Visions of Alicia Boole”
2nd Place Prize = Michael Shodell – “A Number of Things”
3rd Place Prize = Colin West – “Counting Sheep”
Paige Borak – “Entropy”
Hillary Bhaskaran – “A Planet is Born”
Public staged readings to be held at the Simons Center on Wednesday, November 18, 2015.
Chas’s play “The Mathematical Visions of Alicia” was inspired by the life and work of Alicia Boole Stott, a mathematician remembered for her contributions to geometry and for coining the word polytope. “A Number of Things” by Shodell also borrows from history, from the life of Lewis Fry Richardson, who pioneered modern mathematical techniques of weather forecasting and also tried to use similar techniques to predict and prevent wars. Colin West’s “Counting Sheep” in contrast is set so far back in the past, it is difficult to know whether it happened or not; it is a refreshing look at what, exactly, it means to count something.
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This is the third annual science playwriting competition. Information about last year’s competition can be found here: http://scgp.stonybrook.edu/archives/12606
To participate in this year’s competition, please visit: http://scgp.stonybrook.edu/scienceplays