2/02/2017 Staff

A Math Geek Looks at Art and the Liberal Arts

A Math Geek Looks at Art and the Liberal Arts

Annalisa Crannell
Professor of Mathematics, Franklin & Marshall College

We say that a liberal arts education changes the way we look at the world.  Crannell takes this metaphor literally, exploring not only how her time at F&M has changed her own view of worldly concerns, but also how a bit of simple geometry has helped her (and others) understand how to look at art, and to see it -- truly -- in a whole new way.

Annalisa Crannell is the recipient of F&M’s 2016 Lindback Award for distinguished teaching, as well as awards for distinguished teaching from local and national mathematical societies.   Her early research was in topological dynamical systems (also known as "Chaos Theory"), but she has become active in working with mathematicians and artists on Projective Geometry applied to Perspective Art.   Together with mathematician/artist Marc Frantz, she is the author of Viewpoints: Mathematical Perspective and Fractal Geometry in Art.  She especially enjoys talking to non-mathematicians who haven't (yet) learned where the most beautiful aspects of the subject lie. 

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