Playing with Art and Science—Origami, Glass and Mathematics

Posted by Centre News in Academics, Math, News, Studio Art 14 Apr 2014

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The final installment in Centre College’s Humana Lecture Series for this academic year will be Playing with Art and Science — Origami, Glass and Mathematics, featuring Eric Demaine and his father, Martin Demaine, in Newlin Hall on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The Demaines, both professors at MIT, will be on campus Monday, April 14 through Thursday, April 17, and will also spend time in the glass studio demonstrating some of their glass folding techniques, as well as how they insert folded paper into glass vessels.

At Tuesday night’s presentation, the father and son team will describe the interplay between art and mathematics using each discipline to inform the other, illustrating mathematical beauty through physical beauty. H.W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Mathematics John Wilson says, “In addition to the aesthetic appeal of their artwork, the ideas developed have potential applications in robotics, deployable structures, manufacturing and self-assembly.”

In 2003, Eric Demaine was selected as a MacArthur Fellow for his exceptional creativity in mathematics and computer science. In 2006 he received an Alfred P. Sloane Research Fellowship, and in 2013 he and Martin jointly received a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for their highly creative work in origami from wood, metal, plastic and glass.

In addition to the convocation on Tuesday evening, Erik will present Replicators, Transformers and Robot Swarms: Science Fiction through Geometric Algorithms at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Olin 124.

To view their art work, click here

by Cindy Long

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