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Math and Art in Perspective

Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month is held in April to increase the understanding and awareness of these fields that fuel the innovative side of technology. Here in San Marcos, Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month will kick off with a proclamation by the mayor on Monday, April 2 at Council Chambers in the San Marcos City Hall, 630 E. Hopkins. Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month is a program of the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM) – a collaborative effort of the American Mathematical Society, the American Statistical Association, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

 

As part of Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month, the Mathematics Department at Texas State University, in collaboration with the Art Department, is sponsoring the presentation, "How to Mathematically Immerse Yourself in a Work of Art: Exploring the Geometry of Perspective,"

by Dr. Fumiko Futamura of Southwestern University in Georgetown. This University Lecturer Series presentation will be given on Friday, April 13th, 2 – 3 PM in Room 329, Derrick Hall, followed by a reception where Dr. Futamura will visit with students.

 

The presentation will explore the simple mathematics behind perspective drawing which allows a 2D drawing to give the illusion of a 3D world. Dr. Futamura is herself an artist whose belief that mathematics is an art form inspired her to pursue her doctorate degree in mathematics. Her research area is in frame theory, but more recently, she has been interested in developing and strengthening the relationship between perspective drawing and projective geometry, a non-Euclidean geometry that was initially inspired by perspective.