It is very interesting to study the parallel story of soap bubbles and soap films in art and science. Noting that mathematicians in particular have been intrigued by their complex geometry; the interest, both scientific and artistic, was first on the colors on the surface of soap films. Probably motivated by the large diffusion of paintings of children and puttos playing with soap bubbles. It was Newton who first studied the problem of colours on soap films, then Joseph Plateau studied their geometry.
 
Minimal surfaces became one of the most important topic in modern math. In recent years there have been applications to contemporary architecture like the Olympic Swimming pool in Beijing in 2008.
 
The idea of the presentation is to show how it is possible to use art, architecture, pictures and films to talk about modern mathematics, to present the topic to a wide audience. The author has a large experience on newspapers, in public talks and on stage show on soap bubbles and their geometry.
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Communicating math using soap bubbles in art and science

Michele Emmer   Universit√ɬ† Roma La Sapienza

It is very interesting to study the parallel story of soap bubbles and soap films in art and science. Noting that mathematicians in particular have been intrigued by their complex geometry; the interest, both scientific and artistic, was first on the colors on the surface of soap films. Probably motivated by the large diffusion of paintings of children and puttos playing with soap bubbles. It was Newton who first studied the problem of colours on soap films, then Joseph Plateau studied their geometry.
 
Minimal surfaces became one of the most important topic in modern math. In recent years there have been applications to contemporary architecture like the Olympic Swimming pool in Beijing in 2008.
 
The idea of the presentation is to show how it is possible to use art, architecture, pictures and films to talk about modern mathematics, to present the topic to a wide audience. The author has a large experience on newspapers, in public talks and on stage show on soap bubbles and their geometry.

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