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C.W. Post Professor Anne Burns’ Mathematical Art is Honored

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Ann Burns computer generated imageBrookville, N.Y. - Anne Burns, mathematics professor at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, was honored in the Mathematical Art Exhibition at the 2011 Joint Mathematics Meetings in New Orleans January 6 through 9.

Dr. Burns received the Third Place Award for “Circles on Orthogonal Circles” (2010), a 12-by-16-inch digital print.

“Almost all of my computer-generated art is a result of a recursive process,” she said. “I am fascinated by recursion and the complexity that can be achieved by repeatedly applying a simple transformation to an initial object and changing the parameters at each stage. I am inspired by patterns that appear in nature.”

Describing “Circles on Orthogonal Circles,” Dr. Burns said, “A loxodromic Möbius transformation has two fixed points, one attracting and the other repelling. Starting with a small circle around the repelling fixed point and repeatedly applying the Möbius transformation results in a family of circles that grow at first, each containing the previous one. Successive images eventually pass over the perpendicular bisector of the line connecting the fixed points and shrink down as they are attracted to the other fixed point. Each circle in a second family of circles passes through the fixed points and is mapped to another circle in that family. Each circle in the second family is orthogonal to every circle in the first family."

Posted 02/08/2011

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