Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014
James Anthony, Westminster College mathematics lecturer, combines mathematics and art through flame fractals.
A fractal is a mathematical set that exhibits a repeating pattern. Flame fractals exhibit color rather than a monochromatic image and are generated using a set of functions and variations. The functions are assigned colors, then repeatedly selected at random to map the current point in the plane to a new point. The color of the visited point is then altered based on the selected function.
Westminster sophomore Christijana Vucenovic, a mathematics major, worked with Anthony and Dr. Natacha Fontes-Merz, associate professor of mathematics, to classify the cancerous nature of cells based on the fractal dimension of the cells' borders and designed a program to generate flame fractals. Sophomore Scarlett Vogle, a psychology major, created a program to manipulate them.
Vucenovic and Vogle presented their research at April's Undergraduate Research and Arts Celebration, where Vucenovic earned a first-year prize for the quality of her presentation.
Anthony's mathematical art will be showcased at the Wendell August Gallery at Grove City Artworks Nov. 7-Dec. 13.
Anthony, who has been with Westminster since 2007, earned an undergraduate degree from Lock Haven University and a master's degree from The Pennsylvania State University.
Vogle is a daughter of Jeff and Glenda Vogle of Alexandria and a graduate of Juniata Valley High School.
Vucenovic is a daughter of Bob and Evelyn Vucenovic of West Middlesex and a graduate of West Middlesex Area High School.
Contact Anthony at 724-946-7285 or email for more information.