Simplicity: Ideals of Practice in Mathematics & the Arts

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 8:00pm to Friday, April 5, 2013 - 7:59pm

Lectures by and conversations among twenty-five leading figures from mathematics, art, art history, philosophy, and architecture together with screenings of artist’s films.

To find "criteria of simplicity" was the goal of David Hilbert's recently discovered twenty-fourth problem on his renowned list of open problems given at the 1900 International Congress of Mathematics in Paris. At the same time, simplicity and economy of means are powerful impulses in the creation of artworks.
Recognizing the aesthetic nature of Hilbert's question, this conference aims to focus on criteria of simplicity in mathematics that are informed by perspectives from art and architecture, the philosophy and history of mathematics, and current mathematical practice.

Graduate Center, City University of New York