April 21, 2014

Jane Wang (Cornell University) to give public lecture on
Movement, Music, and Mathematics of Falling Paper and Insect Flight

TORONTO, June 19, 2013 The Fields Institute presents a public talk by Jane Wang (Cornell University).

In this public lecture, Jane Wang will explore the connection between two themes:
1. Understanding nature's solutions to the Navier-Stokes (fluid dynamics) equations for locomotion
2. Understanding our own response to the poetic movement of falling and flying objects.

The talk with start with a music dialogue between the rhythm of falling paper and the sounds of a prepared piano. Jane will then discuss puzzles and mathematics about the dynamics of falling paper and the tricks used by insects to fly. The music piece will be performed together with pianist Annie Lewandowski. Both the talk and the performance will be improvised in response to the atrium space in the Fields Institute.

A joint initiative with the Canadian Mathematical Society, presented as part of the Mathematics of Planet Earth Cross-Canada Series of Lectures.

WHEN: Friday, June 21 at 3:30 p.m.

PLACE: The Fields Institute, 222 College Street, Toronto

The Fields Institute, located in Toronto, is recognized as one of the world's leading independent mathematical research institutions. With a wide array of pure, applied, industrial, financial and educational programs, the Fields Institute attracts over 1,000 visitors annually from every corner of the globe, to collaborate on leading-edge research programs in the mathematical sciences. The Fields Institute is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, seven principal sponsoring universities, sixteen affiliate universities and several corporate sponsors.


The Fields Institute
222 College Street, 2nd Floor
Toronto, Ontario M5T 3J1 Canada

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Andrea MacLeod, Communications Officer:
Telephone: (416) 348-9710 x3024