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This event occurred on
December 12, 2014
5:00pm - 8:00pm +06
(UTC +6hrs)
Tomsk, Tomskaya oblast'

What do we choose: do we take on challenges and seek for new solutions or think and rely on previous and primitive mechanisms?

Avant-gardists of the 20th century showed us that simple visual forms can incorporate an intricate and fascinating world that cannot be discovered and understood through simplicity and clichés. Kazimir Malevich once wrote: «People always demand from art to be understandable but nobody tries to make their head think».

Benoit Mandelbrot’s fractal geometry is an ideal mathematical shape that showed society how short mathematical formula allows us to create the world full of intricate and stunning images.

How does the complexity of forms and simplicity of sounds, distinctiveness and rebelliousness make Jazz more and more popular in modern society? What stands behind apparent lightness and virtuosity of improvisers? Freedom of improvisation, life as unique way to complex rhythm…

Art of Computer Programming shows us, how operation with prime numbers gives the birth to complex programs. «Controlling complexity is the essence of computer programming», says Brian Kernighan, computer scientist.

Speakers at TEDxTomsk «Simplicity vs Complexity» will tell about the beauty of complex mental structures and riskiness of primitive reasoning. Among them are microsurgeons - father and son; software programmer, who plays in one of the oldest logical games; research biologist who dips into cold and warm depths of seas all around the world; improvisers; historian and founder of memorial museum.

Tomsk, Russia
Tomsk, Tomskaya oblast'
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Tomsk, Russian Federation