THALES + FRIENDS is a not-for-profit organization based in Greece that works to bridge the chasm between mathematics and other forms of cultural activity.
To achieve its aims, THALES + FRIENDS works to create opportunities for interdisciplinary research and communication through lectures, discussions, publications, and reading groups.
THALES + FRIENDS continues its activity with a series of interviews with leading personalities from different fields. Through its initiative called “Meetings on the Bridge” – a reference to bridging the gap between mathematics and various forms of cultural activity – the organization presents an interview given by French author Mrs Yannick Grannec to author and mathematician Mr Tefcros Michaelides.
Born in 1969 and graduated from the ENSCI, Yannick Grannec worked as a graphic designer and published books for young people, including: Bleus, Rouges, Jaunes, Verts, and children’s albums published in October 2003 by Didier in the “Mirliton” series.
Installed at Saint-Paul-de-Vence, she devoted herself to writing. Her passion for mathematics led her to write a novel on the life of the brilliant Austrian mathematician Kurt Gödel as told by his widow, Adele, in La Déesse des petites victoires.
The novel was a major success with critics and was awarded the Prix des libraires in March 2013. It was published in Pocket in January 2014.
Scientific supervision: Tefkros Michaelides
Journalistic supervision: George Karouzakis