Math Department: Colloquium

1/25/2013 4:00:00 PM - 1/25/2013 6:00:00 PM

Located: Roger Bacon Key Auditorium

Dr. Dave Clark of Randolph-Macon College. He will speak on:


Japanese Temple Geometry: A Tale of Math, Art, Religion, and History

What is Japanese mathematics? During the Tokugawa Period (1603-1868), Japan was almost completely isolated from the West, including the products of the Western revolutions in math and science. At the same time, the Japanese witnessed a cultural renaissance in the visual and performing arts, music, fashion, and ceremony … and mathematics. New problems and solutions found surprising applications to the traditional Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines that pervade the Japanese landscape. By the end of the talk, I hope you’ll understand a bit of what makes a piece of mathematics Japanese, and how wasan (“wa” = Japanese, “san” = mathematics) became so delicately folded into 18th and 19th century Japanese culture.

Refreshments will be served in the Math Library (RB434) at 3:30pm with the talk to follow at 4:00pm in Roger Bacon 412.

Everyone is welcome!