The Math Department organizes an annual event that highlights connections between mathematics and art. 

Poster for 2022 Math+Art Event

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Please join us May 12th at 4pm in STCN 130 for the sixth Math + Art event, co-hosted by the Math Department and the University Core. Acclaimed science writer, Stephen Ornes, who wrote the book Math Art: Truth, Beauty, and Equations, will give a talk on the subject, followed by a reception with treats and coffee/tea. This will afford a great opportunity for folks from different disciplines to connect and hear from this fascinating author! For more information on Stephen and this event, please see below.

Stephen Ornes is an award-winning science writer in Nashville, Tennessee, who writes about people on the frontiers of math, physics, astronomy, computer science, and other areas. He works from a converted office shed in his backyard and is also a Writer-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University, where he teaches classes on science communication and science podcasting. His work has appeared in Scientific AmericanDiscoverNew ScientistQuantaScience News for Students, and other outlets. He has received two AAAS/Kavli science journalism awards, as well as awards from the Association of Health Care Journalists and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. His feature article on the longest math proof in history appeared in Best American Science and Nature Writing.

How Math Becomes Art.  The connection between math and beauty is as old as math itself. But what does it mean for math to be beautiful? In this talk, science and math writer Stephen Ornes, author of Math Art, will explore this idea by a wide variety of visual artwork, mostly by living artists, that turn the lemmas, proofs, ideas, and abstract concepts from the world of mathematics into visually striking sculptures, paintings, digital artworks, and textiles. Highlighted works will include pi quilts by John Sims, crocheted hyperbolic planes by Daina Taimina, dynamic sculptures by John Edmark, and others.

Previous Events:

Image of Math+Art  Poster 2019 - Costuming as Engineering

MATH+ART 5: (2019) Costume designer Rebecca Turk

MATH+ART 4: (2018) Dr. Luke Rawlings, Bellevue College

MATH+ART 3: (2016) Dr. Frank Farris, Santa Clara University

MATH+ART 2: (2015) Dr. Bob Bosch, Oberlin College

MATH+ART 1: (2014) Michael Schultheis