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Prominent Spanish painter Salvador Dalí was fascinated by mathematics, and his 1954 painting “Corpus Hypercubicus” features an unfolded four-dimensional hypercube. Where did he find his inspirations and how did he construct his paintings? Join mathematician Tom Banchoff as he describes a series of yearly encounters with Dali starting in New York City in 1975, featuring polyhedral models, computer animations of surfaces, stereoscopic oil paintings, distorted perspective, and catastrophe theory. Tom will be introduced by Tony Robbin, Soho artist and author of “fourfield: Computers, Art, & the 4th Dimension” and “Shadows of Reality.”


Math Encounters is a public presentation series celebrating the spectacular world of mathematics and presented by the Simons Foundation and the National Museum of Mathematics.

For further information, call the Museum of Mathematics at (212) 542-0566 or e-mail mathencounters@momath.org.

Please note, this presentation is designed to be accessible and engaging to a general audience. As a rule of thumb, it would best be enjoyed by participants age 12 and up.

Please check our online shop for books by Math Encounters presenters.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 6:30 pm   through   8:30 pm
National Museum of Mathematics
11 East 26th Street
New York, NY 10010
United States
Phone: (212) 542-0566