University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

IMA Math Matters Lecture:

U.S. Premier Screening of the film

Achieving the Unachievable

with the film's writer/director

Jean Bergeron

Thursday, November 1, 2007

7:00 pm, Willey Hall 125    Map

View the video trailer »

Photo Gallery   Postcard: pdf

M.C. Escher is among the most mathematical of artists. In 1956 he challenged the laws of perspective with his graphic Print Gallery, and found himself trapped by an impossible barrier. His uncompleted master-piece quickly became the most puzzling enigma of modern art, for both artists and scientists. Half a century later, mathematician Hendrik Lenstra took everyone by surprise by drawing a fantastic bridge between the intuition of the artist and his own, and completed Escher's work mathematically. This story is presented in the 52 minute film Achieving the Unachievable by documentary filmmaker Jean Bergeron. After the screening, the film's U.S. premier, Bergeron will be available to answer questions.

The showing is free and open to the public.

Math Matters lectures feature distinguished mathematicians and scientists who are also superb expositors able to illuminate the role mathematics is playing in understanding our world and shaping our lives. The lectures are aimed at a broad audience.


Math Matters - Public Lecture Series