Modern math in medieval architecture
| Wednesday, 09.15.2010, 05:37 PM

DEARBORN — Peter J. Lu, a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard University,  will give a lecture on Modern Math in Medieval Islamic Architecture at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn on Monday, October 4 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

The lecture examines recent findings that deal with the patterns found in the tiles in the 1200 C.E. and lines on medieval architecture which cause them to believe a breaking though occurred in the creating of these designs. These were not understood in the West until the 1970s. Lu will discuss some of the properties of such Islamic tilings known as quasicrystalline tilings. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Lu received his BA summa cum laude in physics in 2000 from Princeton University, and Masters in 2002 and PhD in 2008 in physics from Harvard University.  Dr. Lu will also lecture on the subject at the ICD and DIA.

This event was planned by Dr. Hashim Al-Tawil, professor of art history at Henry Ford Community College as part of the mission of the college in providing cultural education to the student body and the community.  It is also part of the growing program of Arab Cultural Studies at the college.

For more infomation on the event or to make reservations for classes and large groups, contact Dr. Hashim Al-Tawil at 313.845.6489 or by email hal-tawil@hfcc.edu. 



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