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RUMA Lectures

  Polynomials and Polynomiography

 Bahman Kalantari, Department of Computer Science, Rutgers

Location:  Room 423
Date & time: Wednesday, 19 September 2018 at 7:00PM - 8:00PM

Abstract:  Ask not what mathematics can do with polynomials – ask what polynomiography can do for STEM and art. 

The term polynomiography I introduced around the year 2000 to stand for algorithmic visualization in solving a polynomial equation.  My accidental research in polynomial root-finding which began a few years earlier and the resulting algorithms  inspired their computer visualization  and invention of the term.  Due to its popularity,  I have delivered well over 100 invited lectures in 15 different countries to  scientists and mathematicians, teachers and artists, students of all ages, and the general public.  Despite much interest,  growth of the subject is far from ideal.  Perhaps because it is  treated as math when it could be considered as computer science,  computer science when it should be considered  art, and art when it must  be considered math.  After all these boundaries  are  man-made because it seems formal education can only  afford to view  novelties within the confines of standard curricula. In reality polynomiography has the potential to turn abstract  polynomials  into  powerful, yet intimate medium of STEM and art.  At the same time it helps  unravel properties of these mystical alphabet of math.  Polynomiography deserves to be a subject of study at many levels of education.  In this talk I describe some related results, including   students’ work and ideas that can help  promote the utility of the subject in and  beyond the academics.

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