Posted on April 27, 2014 by Tia Lalani

The poet, rationalist, and wondering child marvel at the beauty of plants: what are the origins of this beauty?

fiddlehead-fern1Have you ever marveled at the visual beauty of plants, the symmetry of their patterns, the artistry in their forms?

Have you wondered at the science underlying this beauty, the biology that describes and explains how such marvels are produced?

In recent years, mathematical models and computational methods have shed new light on developmental plant biology, revealing much of the simplicity that lies beneath its apparent complexity.

Free public lecture: Thursday, May 1, at 5:30 pm in the Augustana Chapel

On Thursday, May 1, at 5:30 p.m., Dr. Przemyslaw Prusinkiewicz of the University of Calgary will give an open, public lecture about this fascinating topic in the Augustana Chapel. His presentation, entitled “Plants, Computers, and Math”, will use interactive simulations and stunning computer graphics to reveal the mathematical and visual beauty of plants, all the way from the cellular level to the arrangement of flowers, leaves, and branches.

This presentation will have something for everyone: the poet, the rationalist, and the child in each of us. All are most welcome!


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