A Thank You to Bridges 2014, Gwacheon Museum, Seoul and 광복절

A big thank you from Delegate Dave to the Bridges Organisation and all those connected with the Gwacheon National Museum of Science and others in the stunning city of Seoul who did so much to make Bridges 2014 such a memorable experience and spectacular and efficiently run conference. The technological know-how and artistry of the computer, camera, lighting and projection personnel was brilliant. It was most gratifying to see so many visitors to the awesome museum, particularly children, coming through to look at the art exhibition, join the hands-on construction activities and attend the inspiring plenary and public lectures and mathematical music (particularly demonstrated by the virtuosic Professor Noam Elkies of Harvard University), dance and juggling demonstrations. The to-ing and fro-ing of mathematicians between Bridges and the ICM conference at COEX was very fruitful. Here are a few images from the conference and its venue. Professor Minhyong Kim of Merton College Oxford and the University of Seoul set a theme for the whole conference in his opening Plenary as he generated unpredictable results and beautiful images by simply adding, subtracting and multiplying (complex) numbers. So many of the papers followed an analogous course, generating wonder from the simple.




DSC08227Rabbits Inhabiting on Sphere by Makoto Nakamura

DSC08270Dave Mitchell presenting Lattice Labyrinth Tessellations  Paul Gailiunas phot0


DSC08402 DSC08522

DSC08575 DSC08578Frank Morgan telling us about Bubbles and Tilings



and finally, another tessellation dedicated to the Republic of Korea, Trefoil (15,8).

Trefoil (15,8)background

P.S. Links to the how-to-do-it workbook: From the publisher, or via you-know-who , better,  from a good independent bookshop or just Google.


About davescarthin

After terminating academic and local government careers, long an independent bookseller/publisher at Scarthin Books, Cromford, Derbyshire, UK. An antiquarian bookseller in two senses, I now have more time to be an annuated independent post-doc, developing the long dormant topic of lattice labyrinth tessellations - both a mathematical recreation and a source of compelling practical tiling and textile designs. Presenting a paper and experiencing so many others at Bridges Seoul 2014 Mathart conference was a great treat, as were the spirited MathsJam Annual Conferences in November 2016 and 2017. I'm building up to a more academic journal paper and trying hard to find practical outlets in graphic design and landscape architecture. I submitted 8 ft square tiling designs to the Wirksworth Festival Art and Architecture Trail in 2016 and 2017. I love giving illustrated talks, tailored to the audience. Get in touch to commission or to collaborate.
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1 Response to A Thank You to Bridges 2014, Gwacheon Museum, Seoul and 광복절

  1. davescarthin says:

    Labyrinthine blogger Dave is intrigued by the frequent visits to the site, spread over several months, from someone located in or connected with BRAZIL, for which country I have enjoyed designing a couple of tessellations. If that visitor (or any of several visitors) sees this comment I would be very interested to hear from you either via this comments column or, more privately, by the e-mail address given in “contact the blogger”.


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