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April 6, 2021

Mathematical models that inspired surrealists of the 20th century to be presented at Art and Math Seminar

Submitted by Natalia Rozhkovskaya

From noon-1 p.m. CDT Thursday, April 8, the Art and Math Seminar will feature a virtual talk, "The Henri Poincaré Institute collection of mathematical models in Paris." The lecture will be presented by François Apéry, the scientific head of the collection.

The collection of the famous mathematical research institute counts today more than 600 models of plaster, wood, wire or thread. The original purpose of the mathematical models was to help students to visualize important shapes in geometry and analysis. In the '30s these objects attracted the attention of surrealists artists. In particular, the models were featured in the famous Man Ray's series the "Shakespearean Equations."

Registration is required to participate in this seminar

The online seminar is organized by the department of mathematics at Kansas State University in cooperation with the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art. The complete seminar schedule and more details on the series are available online

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