Mathematics: Maker and Muse for Modern Art

Thursday, February 9, 2006 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
For all the discussion of right brain/left brain conflict, mathematics and
the arts actually have a very healthy relationship, one which can perhaps be
traced to their common goal of finding a way to give expression to the grand
truths of experience. Mathematician Dan Rockmore will take us on a tour of
modern art history and point out some of the surprising ways in which
mathematical ideas have been and continue to be an enabler as well as
inspiration for some of the big ideas in the visual arts.

Dan Rockmore is a Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Dartmouth
College, where he has taught since 1991. He recently published Stalking the
Riemann Hypothesis : The Quest to Find the Hidden Law of Prime Numbers.