M3 — Music, Mathematics
and Malerei (Painting)
March 27, 2013
7:00 - 9:30 pm
Gerald D. Fischbach Auditorium
160 Fifth Ave, New York, NY (2nd floor)
Here is an event for non-mathematicians, allowing them to take part in an experience that addresses two extreme parts of the brain: The emotional side needed to enjoy classical music and the rational side needed to digest mathematics. Yes, you heard right—digest mathematics. The mathematician Matthias Kreck, professor at Bonn University in Germany, will explain and prove a mathematical theorem—Fermat's Two Square Theorem—in such a way that everybody will feel the joy of rigorous statements and arguments. The paintings, which explain some of the mathematical statements, combine both sides since they are at the same time emotional and geometric.
Matthias Kreck will also play the Cello accompanied on the piano by Susan Sturm, Professor of Law at Columbia University. The paintings are by Luitgard Ilg from Mainz, Germany.
Antonio Vivaldi: Cello Sonata Nr. 5
Johann Sebastian Bach: Cello Suite Nr. 1
Fermat's Two Square Theorem I (with paintings by Luitgard Ilg)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Bourree from the 3rd Cello Suite
Fermat's two square theorem II
Ludwig van Beethoven: Cello Sonata Nr. 3
Luitgard Ilg (Paintings)
Matthias Kreck (Mathematics and Cello)
Susan Sturm (Piano)
When & Where
About the Simons Foundation
Established in 1994, the Simons Foundation is a private foundation based in New York City. With assets of $2 billion and annual grants of approximately $170 million, the foundation is dedicated to advancing the frontiers of research in basic science and mathematics.
Simons Foundation programs in Mathematics & Physical Sciences support mathematics, theoretical computer science and theoretical physics, and the foundation's Life Sciences programs have focused on research that promotes synergy between biology and mathematics.
The foundation is also committed to advancing autism research. Launched in 2005, the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is a research campaign whose mission is to improve the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders by funding, catalyzing and driving innovative research of the greatest quality and relevance.