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Mathematical photography -- Images from another world

Justin Mullins [www.justinmullins.com] talks about his explorations of mathematical beauty and ugliness through the medium of 'mathematical photography'

Justin Mullins talks about his explorations of mathematical beauty and ugliness through the medium of 'mathematical photography'.

In the same way that an ordinary photograph is snapshot of natural beauty, mathematical photographs are stills of mathematical beauty. If mathematicians are explorers, then my role is that of a photographer who retraces their steps. During my journey, I photograph what I find. By that I mean frame it, record it and later present it.

While the notion of mathematical beauty, and indeed ugliness, is well established, mathematics and mathematical physics can inspire (for me at least) an extraordinary mix of other emotions and ideas. For that reason, the equations in my photographs are much more than objects of 'austere beauty', as Bertrand Russell put it. I photograph them to explore their complex emotional and aesthetic values. For me, it is a journey of great wonder and excitement.

(For gallery of sample photographs, see www.justinmullins.com)


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Date and Time:

9 January 2007 at 6:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



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