A day on the ways mathematicians have expressed their ideas in picture-form. Learn how these mathematical tools were invented with an enjoyable view of the beauty of mathematics.
There are many instances in the history of mathematics when equations or symbols were not the best means of conveying ideas and concepts, and new ways of communication were devised. We are now familiar with the beautiful butterfly patterns associated with chaos theory, the E8 geometry of string theory, and the fractal patterns of Mandlebrot. These esoteric examples from the last century joined earlier mathematical visualisation in the form of surface models, Venn diagrams, and presentations of probability. The day will investigate how these mathematical tools were invented, and provide an enjoyable view of the beauty of mathematics.
SATURDAY 24 JUNE 2017
9.30am Registration and coffee/tea
10.00am Introduction and welcome
10.05am The painter's eyes in Albrecht Dürer's geometrical diagrams
PROFESSOR JEANNE PEIFFER
10.45am Florence Nightingale’s statistical diagrams
11.55am Venn diagrams
PROFESSOR A.W.F EDWARDS
12.35pm From skeleton structures to geometrical surfaces: the mathematical models of Olaus Henrici
PROFESSOR JUNE BARROW-GREEN
2.20pm Symmetry, Patterns and Groups
PROFESSOR SARAH HART
3.00pm Fractals - simple or complex?
PROFESSOR KENNETH FALCONER
4.00pm Picturing Chaos
PROFESSOR IAN STEWART
5.00pm Course Disperses