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Geometreks by Ivars Peterson
Peterson Thursday, February 4, 2010 -
7:30 p.m.

Salle S1-151
Pavillon Jean-Coutu
Université de Montréal

Free admission.
A vin d'honneur will follow the conference.

Abstract

Few people expect to encounter mathematics on a visit to an art gallery or a walk down a city street (or across campus). When we explore the world around us with mathematics in mind, however, we see the many ways in which mathematics can manifest itself, in streetscapes, sculptures, paintings, architectural structures, and more. This illustrated presentation offers illuminating glimpses of mathematics, from Euclidean geometry and normal distributions to Riemann sums and Moebius strips, as seen in a variety of structures and artworks in Washington, D.C., Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Philadelphia, New Orleans, St. Louis, and many other locales.

Biography

Ivars Peterson is Director of Publications for Journals and Communications at the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). As an award-winning mathematics writer, he previously worked at Science News for more than 25 years and served as editor of Science News Online and Science News for Kids. He also wrote the weekly online column Ivars Peterson's MathTrek. In 1991, he received the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics Communications Award for exceptional skill in communicating mathematics to the general public. His books include The Mathematical Tourist, Islands of Truth, Newton's Clock : Chaos in the Solar System, The Jungles of Randomness, and Fragments of Infinity: A Kaleidoscope of Math and Art.

Grandes Conférences du CRM

The CRM's "Grandes conférences" series invites scientists with a gift for communicating the most exciting recent developments in mathematics to a curious general public. From cryptography and quantum computing to chaos in meteorological or financial systems, and brain imaging or revolutions in biotechnology, all of the conferences reveal the power and beauty of cutting-edge mathematical research in a language accessible to all.