20 August 2013

An evening with Words of Mathematics

Art & Math

The Centre for Symmetry and Deformation at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Copenhagen University, invites to an evening with art and math, where the artist Ingrid Bugge will inaugurate her work "Words of Mathematics", produced in collaboration with the Centre, and the mathematician Jordan Ellenberg will tell us about his upcoming book "How not to be wrong".

Tavle af Ingrid BuggeTime: Wednesday August 28, 2013 at 18:00. (The talks will start at 18:30).

Place: The Old Lecture Theatre 1-01 at Bülowsvej 17 (Frederiksberg Campus).

Everyone with an interest for mathematics is welcome!

18:00 Opening reception

Everyone is cordially invited to an opening reception with drinks and a little bit to eat.

18:30 Words of mathematics

Ingrid BuggeThe artist Ingrid Bugge will tell about her art project “Words of mathematics”, a project that challenges the traditional dissemination of mathematics by creating a sensual art experience of the subject. Selected mathematical concepts such as symmetry, pattern formation and the golden ratio are presented visually. Embedded in the project is also a presentation of the mathematician’s way of working.

Ingrid Bugge is a photographer based in Copenhagen, who has worked on a variety of topics. She won the Prix Italia Web and the Prix Europa Special Award for her innovative and poetic visual communication at the Danish Radio webproject on Hans Christian Andersen. Her newer work on the Royal Ballet can currently be seen on Kongens Nytorv.

Algebra-star by Ingrid Bugge

Symmetry by Ingrid BuggeThe work that will be presented in Frederiksberg is developed in corporation with Professor of Mathematics Nathalie Wahl, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Copenhagen University and Professor of Mathematics John Donaldson.

18:45 There is no such thing as public opinion

Jordan EllenbergIn his talk, the mathematician Jordan Ellenberg will tell us about the difficult math of aggregating individual beliefs into society-wide decisions. The lecture is based on a chapter from his coming book "How not to be wrong", a book whose purpose is to propagate mathematical ideas that are useful to people who don't do mathematics for a living. The book will be published by Penguin Press in 2014.

Jordan Ellenberg is a professor at the Department of Mathematics, University of Wisconsin. He obtained his PhD in 1998 from Harvard University, and is now a prominent researcher in the field of arithmetic algebraic geometry.

Alongside with his mathematics carrier, he has written a novel, The Grasshopper King, published by Coffee House Press, which was a finalist for the 2004 Young Lions Fiction Award. He also writes the "Do the Math" column in the online journal Slate, and has written various articles on mathematical topics notably for The New York Times and The Washington Post.