Bridges 2011 Short Paper
20 Seconds Into the Future: Narrative Space for Maths Motivations
(Proceedings pages 435–438)
The innate and powerful ability of the human mind to create narratives
from a given situation is an effective means of transmitting
information in a full context. The project described here, ``20
Seconds into the Future,'' presents the office of H. Kadigan, itinerant
mathematician, along with all the accoutrements of his personality.
Visitors investigate the contents of the room, the books and papers,
letters and photos, building up a complete view of his world and
his work within mathematics and its applications.
In this paper we outline Physical Narratives in general and describe
an example of the world of a research mathematician. The room
communicates his life and work, the breadth of his mathematical
interests and the applications of mathematics within the world of