Artful Science

Friday, February 15, 2013: 8:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room 311 (Hynes Convention Center)
This sympoisum will showcase the work of mathematicians, computer scientists, architects, and biologists who mutually work in both art and their respective disciplines. The art objects generated by these artists/scientists range from the molecular level of nanostructures of DNA to organismal representations of a variety of biological organisms, such as radiolaria echinoderms and trees, to abstract entities such as strange attractors and chaos. How is art fundamental to not only the visualization of scientific and mathematical concepts but to the very understanding of these concepts by scientists and mathematicians in the first place? Alternatively, how are science and mathematics sources of conceptual art? Furthermore, to what degree does aesthetics foster the imagination of students and their potential to do innovative scientific and mathematical work and help them to better communicate their ideas to a wider public?
John R. Jungck, University of Delaware
Tim Gerber, University of Wisconsin
Maura Flannery, St. John's University
The Herbarium as Muse: Plant Specimens as Inspiration
Robert J. Krawczyk, Illinois Institute of Technology
Dimension of Time in Strange Attractors
Jo Ellis-Monaghan, Saint Michael's College
The Shapes of Sea Shells: Mathematical Beauty in the Natural World
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