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### Simplicity: Ideals of Practice in Mathematics & the Arts

A conference at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, April 3–5, 2013

Lectures by and conversations among twenty-five mathematicians, artists, art historians, philosophers, and architects, accompanied by a program of artist’s films.

To find “criteria of simplicity” was the goal of David Hilbert’s recently discovered twenty-fourth problem on his renowned list of open problems given at the 1900 International Congress of Mathematics in Paris. At the same time, simplicity and economy of means are powerful impulses in the creation of artworks.

Recognizing the aesthetic nature of Hilbert’s question, this conference aims to focus on criteria of simplicity in mathematics that are informed by perspectives from art and architecture, the philosophy and history of mathematics, and current mathematical practice. Each day of this conference will feature talks and roundtable discussions interspersed by screenings of films by artists.

Invited participants:

Andrew Arana, Philosophy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Rachael DeLue, Art & Archaeology, Princeton University

Juliet Floyd, Philosophy, Boston University

Curtis Franks, Philosophy, University of Notre Dame

Étienne Ghys, Mathematics, École Normale Supérieure, Lyon

Mikhael Gromov, Mathematics, IHES, Paris and New York University

Rosalie Iemhoff, Philosophy, Utrecht University

Hanna Johansson, Philosophy, History, Culture & Art Studies, University of Helsinki

Maryanthe Malliaris, Mathematics, University of Chicago

Dusa McDuff, Mathematics, Barnard College, Columbia University

Juhani Pallasmaa, Juhani Pallasmaa Architects, Helsinki

David Reinfurt, designer, New York

Marja Sakari, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki

Amy Sandback, art historian, New York

Grigor Sargsyan, Mathematics, Rutgers University

Peter Sarnak, Mathematics, Institute for Advanced Study & Princeton University

Kate Shepherd, artist, New York

Riikka Stewen, Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki

Dennis Sullivan, Mathematics, Graduate Center, CUNY & SUNY at Stony Brook

Andrés Villaveces, Mathematics, National University of Colombia, Bogotá

Dan Walsh, artist, New York

Stephen Wolfram, Wolfram Research, Concord, MA

Hugh Woodin, Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley

Andrea Worm, Art History, University of Augsburg

Jan Zwicky, Philosophy, University of Victoria

Film program:

Andy Goldsworthy (NY Premiere)

David Hammons

Richard Serra

Andy Warhol

William Wegman

Organizers:

Juliette Kennedy, Mathematics, University of Helsinki

Roman Kossak, Mathematics, Graduate Center and Bronx Community College, CUNY

Philip Ording, Mathematics, Medgar Evers College, CUNY