We were told to be prepared to “sit back, relax and allow yourself to be mesmerized by the beauty of mathematics and the mathematics of beauty” and for the intimate group of parents, teachers, and students in the audience, we wholly were!
Traveling through time and place, Dr. Monica gave us a fascinating tour of the many beautiful ways that mathematics is represented in nature, in art, in the human form, in man-made structures and the environment. After we looked at nautilus shells, pine cones, Ancient Greek architecture, musical instruments, and beautiful art, she had us warmed up to see the beauty of mathematics: an eloquent solution and the beauty and complexity of patterns. She closed her mesmerizing presentation with an in-depth look at the most complex of all mathematical representations, the Mandelbrot Set. If you don’t know what it is, Google it (or, here’s one YouTube video that I particularly liked).
Thank you to the following people for permission to use their photographs!
Beyer, Wolfgang. Mandlebrot Set, step 7. Wikipedia, 2005. JPG.
Mazzei, Andrea . Golden ratio (nautilus). Flickr, 2009. JPG.
Miller, Catherine. Sunflower. Flickr, 2010. JPG.