The third annual Bridges Conference: Mathematical Connections
in Art, Music, and Science (http://www.sckans.edu/~bridges) was a gathering
of artists and educators from around fifty colleges and universities in US
which also included several participants from other countries such as England, Yugoslavia, Canada, Mexico, Spain, and Italy. The conference was held at
Southwestern College, Winfield, Kansas in the United States.
was held during a three-day period, July 28-July
31, 2000. It included three General Sessions in the mornings, eleven Special
Sessions, and three Workshop Sessions in the afternoons.
In addition to
the three-day conference, a one-day workshop was designed on Monday July 31, 2000. This workshop covered part of the pedagogical
materials, research, and courseware developed by faculty and students from the
University of Wisconsin-Madison (the Center for the Mathematical Sciences), UC
Berkeley (Center of Cognitive Studies) and Montana State University at Bozeman (the Center for
Computational Biology). This workshop was partially supported by a grant from
The National Science Foundation (EHR-DUE-CCD Interdisciplinary Program).
three-day conference and one-day workshop, there was also an activity day
structured for high school students titled Bridges
for the Next Generation. On this day, some of the invited extramural
speakers joined presenters from Southwestern College to work with these public
exhibited artwork by some of its participants. Among these was Brent Collins, a
sculptor from Kansas City, Missouri, USA, who brought wooden and
bronze casts of his work. Robert Fathauer, the
founder of Tessellations Company in Tempe, Arizona, exhibited his fractal and
In addition, Jonathan Bowers and George Hart exhibited their polyhedra.
Additional exhibits included John Sullivan’s Optiverse and other Sphere Inversions and Carlo Sequin’s Twisted Bridges.
The Proceedings of the 2000 Bridges
Conference, a 420-page book with approximately 300 illustrations, included
reviewed papers by presenters and was distributed during the conference.
The conference started with an official welcome from
President Dick Merriman of Southwestern
College. Michael Field from University
of Houston at Texas
chaired the first general session. The
first speaker was Slavik Jablan
from Mathematical Institute at Belgrade, Yugoslavia
who talked about Symmetry and Ornament.
The other speakers of the first session were Benigna
Chilla from Pittsfield,
Massachusetts who talked about an
integrative set design for dance, and violinist Corey Cerovsek who concluded
the morning session with a talk about mathematics and music. He illustrated his
presentation with music performed on his Guenari
sessions included talks such as
“Sections Beyond Golden” by Peter Steinbach from Albuquerque Technical
Institute, New Mexico, “Spiral Tilings” by Paul Gailiuns,
Newcastle, England, “From the Circle to the Icosahedron” by Eva Knoll,
Montreal, Canada, “Musical Composition as Applied Mathematics” by Ronald Squibbs from Georgia State University, Atlanta,
Georgia. The first day also included
workshops such as “Biological Applications of Symmetry for the Classroom” by
Patrick Ross and “Exploring Technology in the Classroom” by Terry Quiett both from the faculty of Southwestern College.
session of the second day of the conference featured John Sharp from Watford, England with a talk on “Beyond the
Golden Section – the Golden tip of the iceberg”. Michael Field, from the University of Houston in Texas was the next speaker. He
offered a commentary on “The Art and Science of Symmetric Design”. These
comments were supported with stunning two color patterns and other symmetry icons
created by his own software named PRISM.
Carlo Sequin from the University of California, Berkeley spoke on “
To Build a Twisted Bridge” and presented various
models that he constructed based on the idea of a symbolic bridge to represent
the Bridges Conference. This general
session was chaired by Dan Daniel from Southwestern College.
sessions of the second day of the conference included talks from participants
such as Alberto Lopez-Santoyo from Mexico City, Mexico who presented “Exploring Art
with Mathematics and Computer Programming”.
Raymond Tennant from Eastern Kentucky University offered a commentary on
polyhedral Models in Group Theory and Graph Theory. Gary Greenfield of the
University of Richmond, Virginia, spoke on the quest for “Mathematical Building Blocks for
Evolving Expressions.” In addition,
Catharine Nolan from the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada presented a paper titled
“On Musical Space and Combinatorics: Historical and
Conceptual Perspectives in Music Theory”.
“The Development of Integrated Curricula: Connections between
Mathematics and the Arts” was the title of a workshop which was presented by
Virginia Usnick from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. At the end of the second day, Eva Knoll and
Simon Morgan of Rice University of Texas offered a barn raising
using an Endo-Pentakis-Icosi-Dodecahedron. This
workshop benefited from the presence and labor of several Winfield public
school teachers and students.
The second day
of the conference concluded by a special staged reading for the Bridges
Conference titled “Arcadia”. Arcadia is written by Tom
Stoppard. The show was directed by Julie
Voelker of the Southwestern College Theatre
last day of the conference, which, was chaired by Carlo Sequin of the
University of California, Berkeley, started with Brent Collins who talked about
“Visualization: From Biology to Culture”.
Michele Emmer from the University of Rome, Italy spoke on “Mathematics
and Art: Bill and Escher”. Emmer is one
of the firsts in the recent years to call for a gathering of mathematicians and
artists to search for connections in mathematics and art. The final speaker during a General Session
was Douglas Dunham from the University of Minnesota at Duluth. His talk was on “Hyperbolic Celtic Knot
session for day three included a talk on “A Fresh Look at Number” by Jay Kappraff from New Jersey Institute of Technology. Also Reza
Sarhangi presented a commentary on “Persian Arts: A Brief Study”. Steven Eberhart from California State University at Northridge spoke on
growth and form in nature and art “The Projective
Geometry of Plant Buds and Greek Vases”.
Hamid Eghbalnia, University of Wisconsin in Madison, presented a paper titled
“Saccades and Perceptual Geometry: Symmetry Detection through Entropy
Minimization”. Robert Krawczyk from Illinois Institute of Technology--Chicago
spoke on the evolutionary development of mathematically defined forms. Maria
Antonia Frias Sagardoy from
the University of Navarra – Pamplona, Spain presented “The Generation
of the Cube and the Cube as Generator”.
The conference concluded with a banquet and a final violin concert by
were Cheri Shakiban of the University of St. Thomas,
Minnesota, Alvin Swimmer, Arizona State University, Tempe, John Sullivan,
University of Illinois, Urbana, Hana Bizek, Westmont, Illinois, Robert Fathauer,
Tessellations Company, Tempe, Arizona, Janusz Kapusta, Brooklyn, New York, Julie Scrivener, Kalamazoo,
Michigan, Travis Ethridge, Southwestern College,
Kansas, Richard Krantz, Metropolitan State College of Denver, Colorado, Jack Douthett, TVI Community College, Albuquerque, New Mexico,
John Clough, SUNY – Buffalo, New York,
Jin-Ho Park, University of Hawaii at Manoa—Honolulu,
Helmut Cerovsek, Bloomington, Indiana, Jason Barnett, St. Paul, Minnesota,
Taylor Hollist, State University of New York,
Oneonta, Charles Pinter, Buknell University,
Pennsylvania, Sarah Stengle, Brooklyn, New york, Thaddeus Cowan, Kansas State University, and Mara Alagic, Wichita State University, Kansas.
Conference Proceedings for Bridges 1998 (ISBN 0-9665201-0-6), for Bridges 1999 (ISBN 0-9665201-1-4), and
for Bridges 2000 (ISBN 0-966501-2-2)
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