October 5, 2023
Art and Math Seminar meetings resume
The mathematics department resumes the online meetings of the interdisciplinary Art and Math Seminar. In fall 2023, the seminar will feature presentations about NASA space exploration, intriguing patterns in numbers, the role of foreign policy and math in artists' careers and other topics related to creativity and science.
On Oct. 12, Antony Jeevarajan, the deputy division chief in the Biomedical Research and Environmental Sciences Division at the NASA Johnson Space Center, will present "Space: A Promising Frontier." Jeevarajan's research is in the areas of radiation, photochemistry and electrochemistry of antioxidants. Jeevarajan has developed sensing systems for bioreactors involved in tissue engineering in space and has studied the activity of Lunar dust samples. He has received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal.
On Nov. 2, the seminar will feature Professor Neil J. A. Sloane, the founder of the celebrated On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences. The encyclopedia has been called the master index to mathematics, a fingerprint file for mathematics and the most useful mathematics site on the web. It gives accurate and comprehensive information about more than 360,000 integer sequences. The encyclopedia receives about a million hits per day and has been cited more than 10,000 times in the mathematics literature.
On Nov. 9, the seminar will host a joint meeting with the K-State First Book initiative. Natasha Rozhkovskaya, K-State professor of mathematics, will talk about art, math and the careers of two artists and an architect whose lives were shaped by the 1942 executive order of internment. Rozhkovskaya studies representation theory, integrable systems, combinatorics, and connections between art and mathematics. She is a co-author of a monograph on representation theory and the author of three books based on her teaching experience of mathematics to various groups of students.
On Nov. 16, the seminar will feature a presentation from Sergei Tabachnikov, professor from Pennsylvania State University. Tabachnikov is the author of several books popularizing higher mathematics, including "Mathematical Omnibus: Thirty Lectures on Classic Mathematics." His research areas are geometry and dynamical systems.