## PIMS 20th Anniversary Celebration at USaskatchewan

- Date: 02/03/2017

University of Saskatchewan

Making Mathematics with Needle and Thread: Quilts as Mathematical Objects

The Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) was founded in 1996, and the University of Saskatchewan joined in 2008. Help us celebrate PIMS and 20 years of promoting research, training, and public awareness for the mathematical sciences.

__Program__

**3:30pm: Welcome and opening remarks**

**3:45pm: Public Lecture: Dr. Gerda de Vries (University of Alberta): Making Mathematics with Needle and Thread: Quilts as Mathematical Objects**

The connection between textiles and mathematics is intimate but

not often explored, possibly because textiles and fiber arts have

traditionally been the domain of women while mathematics was

viewed as a male endeavour. How times have changed! Today, textiles and mathematics, like art and science, are recognized for their

interwoven, complementary attributes. In this presentation, mathematics professor Gerda de Vries will examine the connection between textiles and mathematics, in the context of both traditional

and contemporary quilts. In a sense, every quilt is a mathematical

object, by virtue of the fact that it has shape and dimension. But

some quilts are more mathematical than others, and in very dierent

ways. She will show how mathematical concepts such as symmetry, fractals, and algorithmic design show up in the world of quilting through serendipitous and intentional design.

This lecture is for a general audience. A background in mathematics is not needed, nor the ability to sew!

**4:45pm: Reception**

Please RSVP by Monday January 30th at https://events.pims.math.ca/rsvp/pims-uofs-20

Location: Biology Building, Room 106