Mathematician Brothers Who Helped Image The Hunt of the Unicorn to Visit RIT, April 9
The event is free and open to the public
April 2, 2008
by Susan Gawlowicz
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Two of the world’s most interesting mathematicians will visit Rochester Institute of Technology this month to talk about mathematics and imaging.
Brothers David and Gregory Chudnovsky, directors of the Institute for Mathematics and Advanced Supercomputing at Polytechnic University, will present “The Unicorn Tapestries and Mathematical Approaches to Imaging,” at 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 9, in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science auditorium. The talk is part of the Center for Imaging Science Seminar Series.
The Chudnovskys, well known in the math world for holding records in computing π to the largest number of digits, will share their experience helping the Metropolitan Museum of Art mathematically stitch together digital photographs taken of the famous medieval tapestries The Hunt of the Unicorn. The mathematical conundrum was the subject of a New Yorker article and was also featured on Public Broadcasting Service’s science show NOVA.