Sponsored by the Rutgers University Department of Mathematics and the
Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS)

Andrew Baxter, Rutgers University, baxter{at} math [dot] rutgers [dot] edu
Lara Pudwell, Rutgers University, lpudwell {at} math [dot] rutgers [dot] edu
Doron Zeilberger, Rutgers University, zeilberg {at} math [dot] rutgers [dot] edu

Title: Back to the Future with Polynomials: Reinventing Applications in Math & Education, Science & Art

Speaker: Bahman Kalantari, Rutgers University

Date: Thursday, October 16, 2008 5:00pm

Location: Hill Center, Room 705, Rutgers University, Busch Campus, Piscataway, NJ


In this talk I will select an assortment of topics from my forthcoming book, "Polynomial Root-Finding and Polynomiography." Polynomiography is the art and science of visualization in the approximation of zeros of polynomials. I will pose some research problems and show some images and animations, both as art and as science and math. Also, supported by evidence from my experiences, I will argue that solving polynomial equations - through proper development of polynomiography - not only could be brought into middle and high school education, but a task that could generate interest in artists, mathematicians, scientists, educators, and even the general public. The future "vision" of polynomials may be very different from its past or present vision.