Seminars & Colloquia Calendar
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.