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Math Making Major News

Math is making major news lately! We have mathematicians-turned-artists, a mathematical exploration of the mysteries of the universe on TV and even a math festival to celebrate.

Dr. Eve Torrence worksA couple of math-minded professors have joined forces for fine art. Dr. Eve Torrence and husband Dr. Bruce Torrence work in the math department of Randolph Macon College. Eve creates sculptures that bring mathematical concepts into beautiful three dimensions. Three of her mathematically inspired sculptures can be seen here. These large constructions are displayed on the Randolph Macon campus. For the sculpture installed in the Copley Center's lobby in 2013, Sunrise, the entire math department got involved! You can see progress shots here.

Together, Eve and Bruce also authored The Student’s Introduction to MATHEMATICA: A Handbook for Precalculus, Calculus and Linear Algebra. The book provides the basics of the computational software program used in many STEM fields. Highly-praised for the easy-to-follow examples, the book illustrates what can happen when two great minds join together on one great topic.

Charles Fishburne of 88.9 WCVE recently met with Dr. Torrence and you can view his interview here:

The Great Math MysteryIf that isn’t enough to sate your appetite for math’s manifestation in daily life, don’t forget the upcoming PBS NOVA program, The Great Math Mystery airing on WCVE PBS / WHTJ PBS on April 16th at 9:00 p.m. See the history that led to Eve’s sculptures -- from the spiral in the center of a sunflower to radio transmissions. Get ready to wonder with us whether math is a human invention, or the language of the universe.

Only two days later, you have the chance to join other math enthusiasts in Washington, D.C. for the National Math Festival. Get your learn on through activities such as a Math Midway and Ooblek Olympics, plus plenty more. Don’t worry about your level of expertise -- the festival seeks to share the joy of math in ways everyone can understand! Presenters include the American Mathematical Society, Guerilla Science, The Bridges Organization and plenty more. Check out #MathFest2015 on Twitter for the latest updates, and make your way to D.C. on April 18 by 10:00 a.m. to help kick off the event.

Article by: Lauren N. Colie, Print/Online Journalism and English major at Virginia Commonwealth University. Lauren is Editor-in-Chief of Auctus, VCU’s Undergraduate Research Journal, as well as a Lead Teaching Assistant for a research-writing course. She recently joined the Science Matters team as a special student correspondent.