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Mathematical Art Spiral into Crystal
This session will introduce you to a new piece of software, called MuMart (Music Math Art), programmed and developed by David Rosenthal with help of Dani Novak and support form Ithaca College. It can be used to create Dynamic Mathematical Art and to teach kids Mathematics in a meaningful way, so it will literally make sense to them. In this session we will introduce the software and one of my students will demonstrate their work.
One of the highlights of this session is the creation of an art piece called "The Spiral of Life" and showing how to transform it into a "Crystal of Life" in a dynamic way. We will also use GeoGebra to define the appropriate functions that will help us achieve the task. After this hour you will be able to create your own spiral of life and show it to friends and teach them how to do it. We hope that by doing this your own life will become like a beautiful crystal :) Recently Music Primitives were added to the language. The session will include students who created beautiful mathematical art with the tools. We are starting to develop a
to support these efforts.
Full recording: voice, text conversations, application sharing, web tour
All Math 2.0 events are free and open to the public. Information about all events in the series is here:
Saturday, December 4th 2010 we will meet in the LearnCentral public Elluminate room at 11am Pacific / 2pm Eastern time.
WorldClock for your time zone.
Follow this link:
Click "OK" and "Accept" several times as your browser installs the software. When you see Elluminate Session Log-In, enter your name and click the "Login" button
You will find yourself in a virtual room. An organizer will be there to greet you, starting about half an hour before the event.
If this is your first Illuminate event, consider coming a few minutes earlier to check out the technology. The room opens half an hour before the event.
In order to be an active participant in this workshop, you can either use
__Download the Zip file__
and install it.
Problems with Little Words (plw)
Making Sense out of Math
Transforming the Spiral of Life into the Crystal of Life
Lessons to Learn the language
Link to the MuMart Page
Link to Math Art Book
that also teaches the language (pdf)
Picture with Sound Experiment
(an example of Cyril's work with music and pictures)
fill this survey
(even if you did not come to the actual presentation on Dec. 4th 2010)
For the past 25 years, I have taught mathematical art and other interdisciplinary courses in the Math Department. My colleague David Rosenthal and I co-designed software called MuMart (formerly APGS, SeeLogo), which is used in many applications, from designing scientific graphics to teaching geometry, statistics, and calculus. But as a committed humanist, I most enjoy soul-to-soul communication with students. MuMart can be downloaded from
It is an amazing language with little publicity.
I wrote a book about Mathematical Art that uses MuMart and is available freely on the web:
I will be assisted in the presentation with a few of my students: Ben and Cyril
"It's an honor to be asked by Professor Novak to help present ideas involving MuMart. I've been studying music both for recreation and professionally for the past 14 years and am very excited that I have been able to connect this knowledge to mathematics and art. When I am not using APGS to translate sheet music into mathematical equations, I can be found practicing the trumpet in the Ithaca College School of Music's practice rooms or back at my apartment listening to classical music as I prepare for graduate school next fall."
Cyril will be graduating from Ithaca College this December (2010) with a Bachelor of Music in both Education and Performance.
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