Science and the Universe - Art Inspired by Mathematics

CLLC-L 130 / CLASS 9775 — Spring 2023

Edmondson Hall C112
Days and Times
M/W/F 9:10 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., 3 credits
Course Description

In what sense can a painting, a musical composition, and a poem be the same? In this course, we will develop concrete connections among works of art in many artistic disciplines via abstract mathematical structures. For the purposes of this course, we consider art in a broad sense, coming from any artistic discipline. Our main objects of study will be two types of mathematical structures: groups and topological spaces. We will analyze examples in order to develop an intuitive idea of these structures. Once we have an understanding of some examples, we will search for manifestations of these structures in the arts. Through two long-term projects, you will discover and analyze appearances of these structures in works of art and artistic disciplines of your choice, and possibly even create your own work inspired by the mathematics we learn.

Instructor: Ryan Stees

Collins Seminars: Selected by Board of Educational Programming (BOEP)