Arts and Sciences Dean's Lecture Series: Thomas Banchoff

Thursday, April 18, 2013
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
McLaren Conference Center 251 - Venue
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Locsin, Maria Luisa
College of Arts and Sciences

2013 Dean's Lecture Series

Dean Marcelo Camperi would like to invite you to the 2013 Dean's Lecture Series. The College of Arts and Sciences is thrilled to host so many diverse speakers on campus. This lecture series is designed to encourage and promote ongoing dialogue around four strategic pillars: sustainability, diversity, internationalization, and academic excellence. We hope you can attend one or all of these fascinating lectures in April.

 "The Four-Dimensional Geometry and Theology of Salvador Dali"

A Lecture by Professor Thomas Banchoff

April 18, 2013, 11:45am, McLaren 251

Throughout his career, Salvador Dali was fascinated by mathematics and science, and he incorporated many geometric ideas and symbols into his paintings, especially his religious paintings. Where did he get his ideas and how did he carry them out? Professor Thomas Banchoff, visiting from Brown University, personally worked with Salvador Dali in the 70s and 80s. This presentation will feature images and stories from ten years of conversations with Dali, about the Fourth Dimension, impossible perspectives, catastrophe theory, art history and medieval philosophy. The talk will be illustrated by computer-generated images and animations, and is intended for a broad audience.

About the Speaker: Thomas Banchoff teaches a First Year Seminar in “Exploring the Fourth  Dimension” as a Visiting Professor in the Mathematics Department from Brown University where he has taught since 1967.   He was an  undergraduate at Notre Dame and a graduate student at Berkeley.  He has held visiting positions at Harvard, the University of Amsterdam, UCLA, Georgia, Yale, Stanford, and the Berlin Mathematical School.  He  is the author of “Beyond the Third Dimension” for the Scientific American Library, and three other books as well as over one hundred research and expository articles in geometry.

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