There is both a need and an opportunity for students to engage with modern mathematics not contained in the current curriculum. This includes students in not only traditional schools of science and engineering, but also programs in arts and economics. To respond to these needs, Aalto Math&Arts offers a platform where not only students from diverse fields, but also teachers with different backgrounds, can share their ideas and views. Many recent achievements in mathematics have accessible layers, without heavy prerequisites. As the skills of mathematics are of increasing importance to everybody, we want to create an open and encouraging learning environment for a broader audience than is addressed in conventional courses. Our goal is to share the beauty of mathematics that is obvious to researchers in the field by trying to find common language and places where there is a possibility for deeper investigations. To show that mathematics is not only useful, but also fun, is one of our key motives. Not only mathematics and arts will benefit from this collaboration, but also broad applied fields of physics, computer science and engineering.
At the same time we want to emphasize that the visual methods and possibilities provided by arts are not yet fully understood inside the mathematical community. Through the collaboration at hand we want both to share the breakthroughs of modern mathematics and communicate it through arts for wide audience as well as benefit from the artistic point of views of the subject and potential methods. The ambitious goal of the project is to make the fruitful connections of arts and mathematics to organic parts of education in all levels. Aalto Math&Arts works actively to enhance awareness and activities of the natural connections between mathematics and arts internationally. The researchers of the project act as contact persons towards their own fields of expertise to provide support to open the mathematical content of their research with concrete models via artistic methods. Illuminating the possibilities of mathematics in modern digital techniques and media like game industry, virtual reality, 3D printing, algorithmic design and architecture is in the core of our activities.
Aalto Math&Arts is working in close connection with Aalto LUMA-centre by organizing for example workshops to teachers in different fields, students of Arts department and Helsinki University teachers education. Visits to schools run in a regular basis. Organizing international conferences is also a natural part of the activities, for example Bridges conference on mathematical connections in art, music, architecture, education, and culture is to be hosted at Aalto in the summer of 2020.