20th Biennial ACMS Conference: Call for Papers

Redeemer University College will be hosting the 20th Biennial Conference of the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences. More information on the conference can be found here.

A preliminary call for papers has been posted:

The 20th Biennial ACMS conference will be held at Redeemer University College in Ancaster (a suburb of Hamilton) Ontario, Canada May 27-30, 2015. Details will be posted at www.acmsonline.org/conferences/2015/ACMS_2015_Conference.html

At this time we are accepting presentation proposals for the parallel sessions. Proposals need to include the presenter’s name, presentation title, and a presentation abstract (preferably in Tex/LaTeX if any mathematical symbols are used, not exceeding 250 words). Most presentations are expected to last 15 minutes plus a 5 minute transition time between speakers. A selection of the presentations will be longer: 25 minutes with a 5 minute transition. Please indicate if you would like to be considered for a longer presentation. There will also be a poster session, especially for students. You will be notified at a later date whether your selection is approved.

There will also be some limited opportunities for one or two 45-minute panel sessions. Proposals for panel sessions are welcome, including potential panel members. We will also consider proposals for Birds of a Feather sessions. Send suggestions directly to acms2015@cs.redeemer.ca

We are looking for presentations in both computer science and mathematics. General categories would include (but not necessarily be limited to)

  1. the interaction of faith and discipline
  2. pedagogy
  3. history of the discipline or interesting topics/achievements of the past
  4. society and discipline interaction
  5. current research of general interest (with an audience of primarily non-subdiscipline-experts)

Proposals should be sent to acms2015@cs.redeemer.ca by February 16, 2015.
After that date, proposals will be considered if space remains.

Good Friday

(This is a copy if a previous post, but appropriate for today).

Courtesy of the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences:

Salvador Dali’s painting Corpus Hypercubus (1954) is a fascinating visual representation of a mathematical metaphor for the theological mystery of crucifixion.

Corpus Hypercubus, Salvador Dali (1954)

Many people are familiar with how to unfold a cube from three dimensions into two as shown in the figures below. Some of the edges of the cube are separated so that the resulting collection of squares can be unfolded into a planar shape. The resulting diagram is called a “net” for the cube. The net is not unique but one common net resembles a cross.

Dali painted the cross in Corpus Hypercubus as a hypercube unfolded into 3-dimensional space. The hypercube consists of eight three-dimensional cubes for hyperfaces. Each hyperface is attached along a two-dimensional square face to six of the other hyperfaces. Just as one can unfold a cube, one can also unfold a hypercube into the shape depicted in Dali’s painting.

Using the analogy of a (mysterious) higher-dimensional object unfolded into three dimensions, Dali depicts the theological mystery of the crucifixion as an event that originated in a higher plane of existence and then unfolded into the world that we perceive. With this understanding, Corpus Hypercubus communicates the idea that though one can discuss the necessity of the Jesus’ sacrifice for salvation or study theological ramifications of the cross, one can only do so by analogy because human nature simply cannot perceive the scope of God’s plan.

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