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Cathy Brady

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Registered: 12/6/04
Art/Math conference
Posted: Jul 3, 1995 5:10 PM
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I hope the people who responded to me personally will forgive me for this
generic reply. Last year I mailed and handed out about 100 registration
forms and information to many teachers who were enthusiastic to receive
the information. I didn't see any of those folks at the conference, so
you may understand why I'm not so eager to go through the trouble this year.

The Art/Math conference is usually held in the week preceding July 4. It
is 5 days long and is held at SUNY Albany, NY. I have attended in the past
two years. I have met toy makers, inventors, manipulatives dealers,
painters, prominent sculptors, quilters, famous mathematicians, college
profs, musicians, computer graphics wizards, movie makers, oregami
enthusiasts, authors and educators. I have met the authors of many of the
books I have on my shelves at work. I have met people from all walks of
life... most of them much much more intelligent than I am (and I'm no
dummy either). I've had breakfast, lunch and dinner with people I would
never get to meet if I weren't at the conference.

The conference attendance is small enough that everyone attends the same
sessions. I have picked up ideas for several museum activities and
classes. I have learned about fabrication. I have learned that
mathematicians argue about as much as historians ... they don't have "all
the answers". I have seen a great variety of approaches to mathematics
and to art. I have learned how to make an exploding origami dimpled
cubeoctahedron... and no I can't send you directions, I figured it out
after seeing it done.

I've received lots of handouts. I've watched fabulous films that HAVE to
be run on a 16mm projector that dazzle the eye with abstract dances of
symmetry.

Last year I took a Welsh mathematician "home" to my folks' in the
Adirondacks. This year I made a friend to visit in the East village of NYC.

If you're interested, send e-mail to Nat Friedman ....

artmath@math.albany.edu

and he may put you on his mailing list.

I recommend it as one of the most educational, inspirational, and useful
conferences I've attended. It cost a fraction of what I spent on NCTM.
$125 registration and $55 a night for the hotel... less for dorm rooms
(not luxurious) But really I hope you don't go. Part of its charm is its
smallness.

Cathy Brady Math Specialist/Education
cbrady@umd5.umd.edu Maryland Science Center
The monk picks up his bag "Beyond Numbers"
and walks off. Baltimore's Inner Harbor






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