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Can Mathematics Recognize Great Art?

Friday, February 14, 2020
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Jeffery Hall
Room: 128
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The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is proud to host Dr. Bill Ralph (Brock University) at Jeffery Hall on February 14, 2020. All are welcome to join this talk.

Abstract: Is there an objective truth hiding within great works of art that only mathematics can detect? In
this talk, I'll present evidence for a mathematical aesthetic shared by many great artists across the centuries.
We'll look at several striking works of art by artists ranging from Tintoretto to Picasso and use a new statistic
to see that they are creating bell curves with their brushes. I'll also show some of my own attempts to create
visual art based on a variety of mathematically oriented techniques. Examples of my work can be viewed at

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