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Hatfield College

Research Events at Hatfield

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10th December 2015, 19:00 to 21:00, Birley Room, Kevin Yun, Claudia Wardle, John Lawson

A Research Symposium organised by Hatfield MCR on the theme of Beauty. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. ALL WELCOME.

Th theme of this Symposium is Beauty. We will have the chance to hear three very interesting and different talks - Beauty of Harmony, Renaissance Art and Mathematics. This will be followed 30 minutes of Jazz where you will have the opportunity to chat with the speakers or just enjoy the end of the evening.

The Beauty of Harmony: Our Climate, Energy and Future by Kevin Yun
Humanity has never been in more dire need for change. The climate is changing, our energy resources are dwindling and we’re running out of time. The key to solving our energy crisis is learning how to harmonise properly. This is a brief review of our current climate reality and where our energy future is headed.

Beauty in Early Renaissance Art: Covenantal Fulfilment in the Decorative Throne of Cosmè Tura’s Roverella Virgin and Child by Claudia Wardle
The school of painting of early Renaissance Ferrara is full of strangely idiosyncratic symbolism, and nowhere is this more evident than in the work of its pre-eminent artist, Cosmè Tura (c. 1430 -1495). On the beautiful ornamental throne surrounding the Virgin and child in the central panel of the Roverella polyptych is sculpted seemingly bizarre allegorical iconography which, when ‘decrypted’, reveals some interesting theological messages of Old Testament fulfilment.
by Claudia Wardle

Beauty in Mathematics or Donut sprinkles and triangle flips by John Lawson

The mapping class groups of surfaces are interesting mathematical structures studied widely in geometry, however for those uninitiated in the bizarre world of mathematics these can be thought of as ways of moving sprinkles about on a donut. We will discuss a little bit about how triangles can be used to help learn more about these mappings.

If you are not convinced yet, here's what Gandhi has to say:
"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."


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