Illuminating Chaos- Art on Average

Speaker: Mike Field, Rice University

Date & Time:

Friday, October 12, 2012
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM


3M Auditorium

Abstract: The mathematical idea of chaos has stimulated a range of artistic endeavors - from Tom Stoppard's play Arcadia to the movie "The Butterfly Effect". We begin with a general (and gentle) introduction to chaos - what it is and is not and why these ideas might be significant in general mathematical education. We conclude with some visual illustrations of chaos and show how ideas from chaotic dynamics and symmetry can sometimes lead to striking images which in turn can illuminate the original mathematics.

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