The Bridges Lecture Series presents Anita Chowdry (London) and John Baez (UC Riverside) in "The Harmonograph".
A harmonograph is a drawing machine powered by pendulums. It was first invented in the 1840s - the heyday of the industrial revolution, whose sensibilities are now celebrated by the "Steampunk" movement.
In this presentation, artist Anita Chowdry will recount her fascinating journey into this era, culminating in her creation of a two-meter high harmonograph crafted from brass and steel: “The Iron Genie”. Then, using computer simulations, mathematical physicist John Baez will explore the underlying mathematics of the harmonograph, taking us on a trip into the fourth dimension and beyond. As time passes, the motion of the harmonograph traces out a curve in a multi-dimensional space. The picture it draws is just the two-dimensional "shadow" of this curve.
This presentation will be enhanced by the creative output of a four-day workshop with University of Waterloo students at the department of Fine Arts, led by Anita Chowdry.
Everyone is welcome at this free, public lecture. It will be followed by a reception.
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