Recorded October 8, 2017

Imagination and Knowledge

A Community Gathering with Edward Frenkel facilitated by Vera de Chalambert

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 “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world.”  

― Albert Einstein

For Edward Frenkel, mathematics is filled with elegance and beauty, just like art, music and poetry. And just like those traditionally artistic endeavors, mathematics is a magic universe, full of infinite possibilities. Contrary to what most of us would expect, even in mathematics, the most cerebral of subjects, he says, true breakthroughs are made by putting aside what we think we know and following our intuition and imagination. Thus, mathematics sets forth its important, and still largely untapped, spiritual function — as a portal to the Self.  Join Edward Frenkel as he explores the axis of knowledge and imagination and the relationship between the mind and the heart. Even the least mathematically inclined among us are bound to be touched by his passion, wisdom and wit.

Edward Frenkel is a professor of mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley, which he joined in 1997 after being on the faculty at Harvard University. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, and the winner of the Hermann Weyl Prize in mathematical physics. Frenkel’s latest book “Love and Math” was a New York Times bestseller and has been named one of the Best Books of the year by both Amazon and iBooks. It has been translated into 16 languages. Frenkel has also co-produced, co-directed and played the lead in the film “Rites of Love and Math” (2010).

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Edward Frenkel

Edward Frenkel is a professor of mathematics at University of California, Berkeley, member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and winner of the Weyl Prize in Mathematical Physics. He is the author of the international bestseller “Love and Math” which has been published in 19 languages.

Vera de Chalambert

Vera de Chalambert, MTS, is a spiritual storyteller and scholar of comparative religion. Vera speaks and writes about spiritual culture, mindfulness and the emergence of the Feminine. Vera holds a Master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School and has mined for her soul at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing and Jason Shulman’s Institute for Nondual Healing and Awakening. Her work explores the meeting place of creativity, psychology and spirituality. She is deeply influenced by Buddhist and Kabbalistic lineages and is a lover of the world’s great wisdom traditions. She offers spiritual direction and works with people in times of dissolution, transition and transformation when the old certainties shatter and we are called into the fires of the Real. This is also what she sees happening in our culture at large.

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