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Dr. Daniel Rockmore, "Artful Mathematics"

Date: 11/30/06
Time: 4 - 5 p.m.
Audience: Public
Sponsored By: School of Science and Engineering
Location: Coykendall Science Building Auditorium
Contact: David M. Clark, x3728, clarkd@newpaltz.edu
Web Site: http://www.newpaltz.edu/sse

All too often we view mathematics and the arts as two sides of the science/humanities coin. In this talk we will see a place in which the two come naturally together in an exciting new area of research. For in today's world in which almost all aspects of life are brought to the common medium of the computer, it is now possible to quantify and extract the style of an artist via computation. Examples are gleaned from the literary, visual, and dance arts. They include applications to the problem of authentication of art pieces by mathematically identifying quantifiable features of an individual artist's style. Dr. Rockmore comes to us from a small list of Distinguished Lecturers chosen by the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society. [Reception at 3:30 p.m. in CSB Lounge 110.]