Three public events take place on December 9 at Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street. For more information or to reserve seats at the lecture, call 291-5100.

  1. An exhibition of art based on mathematical principles and ideas. Fractals, more so than other areas of mathematics, are visually exciting in a very real way. Fractals are a language with which to describe the geometry of nature. Images of fractals can be an important access to mathematics and surrounding philosophical questions. Noon ‐ 5 pm in the Teck Gallery (Room 1305).
  2. Interactive computer displays for visitors to experiment with making their own fractal designs; investigate E-Gems, a project to design math and science electronic games (Counting on Frank, one of their products, was chosen by PC Magazine as one of the top 100 CD-ROMs for 1995); and check out the math education and art resources available on the Internet. Noon ‐ 5 pm in the Segal Centre (Room 1430).
  3. Ingenious mathematical amateurs. It is possible for someone without formal credentials to make contributions to mathematics. Well-known artist M.C. Escher and unknown homemaker Marjorie Rice both tackled mathematical problems, developing unorthodox notation that was essential to their methodical investigations. Each worked alone, essentially in secret, rewarded by the exhilaration of finding answers to a large puzzle. Lecture by Dr. Doris Schattschneider, Professor (Emerita) of Mathematics, Moravian College. 5 ‐ 6 pm in the Fletcher Challenge Canada Theatre (Room 1900).

We'd like to thank our sponsors, Simon Fraser University, the Canadian Mathematical Society, and the British Columbia Ministry of Employment and Investment.

The fractal on this postcard is Fiery Dragon (1990), by Daryl H. Hepting.