Mathematical Balloon Twisting and Divergence Art

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014
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Dr. Judy Holdener, Professor of Mathematics at Kenyon College will present Summer Fun with Mathematical Balloon Twisting and Divergence Art on Wednesday, September 10 at 3:30 p.m. in Olin 114.

Balloon modeling or balloon twisting is the art of sculpting various shapes – often animals – with balloons. In this talk, she will discuss the mathematics of balloon twisting, focusing on a mathematical sculpture created by Kenyon students and faculty for the Gambier Fourth of July Parade. She will also discuss another math/art summer experience she had involving interesting symmetric patterns created accidentally while trying to visualize the divergence of a vector field. The latter work was presented at the Bridges 2014 Math and Art conference in Seoul, South Korea. Both experiences illustrate how fun it is to be a mathematician!

Posted Date 
Monday, September 1, 2014

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