Mathematics and Art

Join Dr. Paul Sisson for a unique and entertaining presentation! In the eyes of the general populace, mathematics and art are usually viewed as completely disjointed topics, and many people would struggle to relate the two. However, to a mathematician, the connection is apparent and beautiful—indeed, many mathematicians consider their field to be an exceptionally rich and complex art form. Whether the focus is the Mathematics of Art, the Art of Mathematics, or something in between, many people have made noteworthy observations of the role each plays in the other. This talk presents a sampling of those observations and examples of the intersection of mathematics and art.


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About the Presenter:

Dr. Paul Sisson, is Professor of Mathematics Emeritus and Provost Emeritus and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Louisiana State University Shreveport. In addition to continuing to teach undergraduate and graduate mathematics throughout his career, he served in numerous administrative capacities including Department Chair, College Dean, Graduate Studies Dean, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and Interim Chancellor. Dr. Sisson’s research articles in the area of infinite-dimensional topological vector spaces have appeared in Studia Mathematica and the Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society. His interests also include such diverse areas as math pedagogy and mathematical art, with articles appearing in Mathematics Magazine, College Mathematics Journal, and the Journal of Mathematics and the Arts.

Dr. Sisson published his first math textbook with Hawkes, College Algebra, in 2003, followed by Precalculus in 2006, and College Algebra: A Concise Approach in 2011. Most recently he is the co-author of Calculus with Early Transcendentals (2016). Dr. Sisson’s teaching experience is reflected in his textbook writing, which emphasizes the historical and human aspects of math, calls upon the intuition of the reader, and uses modern technology to enable students to explore mathematics and develop mathematical confidence.