Science Café College of Science and Mathematics
North Dakota State University

Our Next Science Café:

April 09, 2019, 7pm at Stoker’s Basement, Hotel Donaldson

Presenter: Azer Akhmedov

Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, North Dakota State University

Extending beyond reality to find the truth: comparing mathematics with art

Abstract: To many, art is the avenue to the highest knowledge ever available to humans. An artist often distorts and alters the reality also because of the belief that the truth (the path of acquiring the knowledge) does not fully fit into the reality. Mathematics, on the other hand, is "the language of the universe"; although formally not bound to reality, it has certain special (and complicated) relationship with the physical reality. Perhaps not as severely as, say, a chess player who expresses herself/himself strictly within the frame of 64 squares, a mathematician works in a certain limited environment; he/she certainly does not enjoy the freedom of an artist's self-expression. By discussing several selective examples widely accessible to a general audience, we will explore artistic aspects of mathematics demonstrating how we extend the reality in our search of truth. This talk is aimed at a general audience and requires no special background in math.

General Information

Our Science Cafés feature

  • A presentation by a scientist
  • Discussion
    • have a conversation with the scientist
    • talk among yourselves

Free and open to the public.

Attendees must be 21 or older, or accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For more information, contact Diane Goede at or (701) 231-7411.

Science Café presentations are about one hour long; there is some extra time for discussions. The location is:

Stoker’s Basement
Hotel Donaldson
101 N Broadway
North Dakota