Mathematics of beauty: On infinity, fractals and recurrent sequences

Mathematics of beauty: On infinity, fractals and recurrent sequences


Mathematics of beauty: On infinity, fractals and recurrent sequences, a talk by Ovidiu Bagdasar (Derby University)

Abstract

Queen of the Sciences, Mathematics provides a language in which to formulate and analyse the world around us. Most often, beauty was linked to nature or arts, and assumed to belong to poets, musicians, painters or…critics. However, while infinity was initially described by philosophers, it was the mathematicians who proved that it was infinitely diverse. This talk will illustrate how mathematicians can be servants of beauty. Not through verses or poems, but through formulae and equations.

The examples discussed include paradoxes of infinity, fractals and sequences. Some recent  research results regarding complex recurrent sequences are also presented, for their intrinsic beauty and potential applications. These are linked to generalized convexity, number theory, enumeration problems, geometric patterns and random number generation.

No charge is made to attend meetings; non-IMA members are welcome. The talk is coordinated by East Midlands Branch Secretary, Dr Stephen Hibberd, School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Nottingham, email: stephen.hibberd@nottingham.ac.uk.

Image credit: sequence…. by Harry Pammer / Flickr / CC BY-ND 2.0
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