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The Art of Maths by Dr. Maurice O’Reilly

Do you remember the days of studying numbers and geometry, proportions and probability? Come to Dublin Contemporary and experience maths in a way you’ve never considered! The study of Mathematics involves not only the acquisition of computational skills and algorithms, but also the understanding of abstract concepts. Many mathematicians describe mathematics as an art rather than a science, because discovering and exploring ideas and patterns are fundamental elements of a mathematician’s work. The exploration of patterns and the proof of the existence of relationships often lead to results of great elegance and beauty. When we glimpse works of art through a mathematical lens, surprising connections may emerge. This is what happened when mathematician, Maurice OReilly, visited the Dublin Contemporary exhibition on 11th September. Once he began to see numbers and geometry, other nuances from the theory and applications of mathematics unfolded using this ‘way of seeing’. In “The Art of Maths”, O’Reilly will present some images from the exhibition along with some mathematical ideas. Participants will then be invited to wear their own maths lens, drawing from their innate mathematical understanding, to explore the works. The curators assert that “art is too important a gift to keep shut up within the lockbox that is the art world.” Likewise maths is too important to keep shut up in its world. Let us emancipate both art and maths!
  • Location: Dublin
  • Audience: General Public
When Oct 21, 2011
from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Dublin Contemporary, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2 LT2
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ollege, Drumcondra (a college of Dublin City University). He began his career as a numerical analyst and over time became increasingly interested and involved in aspects of mathematics education. His interests today concern how students develop their ‘mathematical identity’, how the history of maths can be harnessed to motivate the study of the subject and how technology can be used to probe mathematical ideas more deeply. He is the son of two architects and has worked in Dundalk, Dar es Salaam and Dublin.


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