From arithmetic to infinity, fundamental mathematical concepts have never been so engaging as when Manil Suri guides us through them. In his mathematical origin story, Suri creates a natural progression of ideas needed to design our world, starting with numbers and continuing through geometry, algebra, and beyond. Using evocative examples from multidimensional crochet to the Mona Lisa’s asymmetrical smile, he proves that we can all fall in love with maths. Suri is a professor of mathematics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and is also a novelist whose work has been long-listed for the Booker Prize. The lecture will be introduced by Dr Ritu Dhand, Chief Scientific Officer at Springer Nature.