SUMS Conference at James Madison University

September 28, 2013

Closing Speaker: Carolyn Yackel

Title: Beautifying life with mathematics

Abstract:  This talk presents a partial classification of issues that arise in using abstract mathematical structures to model artwork and hinged objects.  Examples are taken from the fiber arts and flexagons.

Bio: Carolyn Yackel earned her bachelors at the University of Chicago, and her Master's and Doctorate at the University of Michgan.  She now works at Mercer University where she studies the mathematics of beautiful artwork and fascinating objects.  In addition to popularizing the field of mathematical fiber arts through the books Making Mathematics with Needlework and Crafting by Concepts, she enjoys teaching, reading, gardening, cooking, and hanging out with her dog, Zeke.