Please join us on Friday at 3 PM via zoom to hear Michael Dorff speak on:
How mathematics is making Hollywood movies better
Abstract: What’s your favorite movie? Star Wars? Avatar? The Avengers? Frozen? What do these and all the highest-earning Hollywood movies have in common? Mathematics! You probably didn’t think about it while watching these movies, but math was used to help make them. In this presentation, we will discuss how math is being used to create better and more realistic movies. Along the way, we will discuss some specific movies and the mathematics behind them. We will include examples from Disney’s 2013 movie Frozen (how to use math to create realistic looking snow) to Pixar’s 2004 movie The Incredibles (how to use math to make an animated character move faster). Come and join us and get a better appreciation of mathematics and movies.
About the Speaker: Dr. Michael Dorff is a Professor of Mathematics at Brigham Young University. He was the president of the Mathematical Association of America from 2019-2020, and the chair of the Mathematics Department at BYU from 2015-2019.
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