George Hart will present examples of his mathematically informed sculptures, which generally apply computer technology in their design and/or fabrication. These include works made of metal, wood, plastic or found objects, and often use laser-cutting, plasma-cutting or 3D-printing technologies in their realization. Math and computer science aspects of these designs and their underlying foundations will be discussed. Along the way, Hart will show a variety of related work from his creative output, including mathematical puzzles, insightful videos, hands-on workshop activities and the museum of mathematics in NYC—all means to demonstrate that math is a living, creative, joyful subject.
George Hart is a sculptor and applied mathematician who demonstrates how mathematics is cool and creative in ways you might not have expected. Whether he is slicing a bagel into two linked halves or leading hundreds of participants in an intricate geometric sculpture barn raising, he always finds original ways to share the beauty of mathematical thinking. Hart’s career includes eight years as a professor at Columbia University, fifteen years as a research professor at Stony Brook University and five years co-founding the Museum of Mathematics in New York City. Now a full-time artist and consultant, he also makes videos that show the fun and creative sides of mathematics.
This is event is part of the Math Awareness Month Activities in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. It is free and open to the public.
Richmond, VA 23284
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