Prof Daina Taimina (mathematician, Cornell University, USA) was born in Riga, Latvia and received all her formal education there. Her PhD (1990) thesis advisor was Prof. Rūsiņš Mārtiņš Freivalds, world-renowned for his work in Theoretical Computer Science. For 20 years Daina taught different mathematics courses in the University of Latvia. Since 1996 her professional career has been in Cornell University (USA). She crocheted first hyperbolic plane for using it in geometry class in 1997. Since then she has crocheted many more turning original geometric models into an art piece. Daina has given many public lectures and invited talks, and she has participated in art shows in USA, Belgium, Latvia, Italy, Germany, UK.  Daina has written several books in mathematics and a book Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes which in 2012 received Euler Book Prize for “the best book about mathematics for general audience”.

See also the TEDxRiga talk Crocheting hyperbolic planes by Taimina and the TED2009 talk The beautiful math of coral by Wertheim, inspired by Taimina’s work.

Lecture in De Balie: “Forms that grow

Dr Jaap A. Kaandorp

In 1985 I received my MSc, with distinction, in biology (main subject marine biology) and a PhD (subject modelling growth and form of marine organisms) in computer science and mathematics in 1992, both from the University of Amsterdam. I have worked from 1985-1987 as a researcher at the Centre of Computer Science and Mathematics in Amsterdam. In 1992 I did research as a postdoctoral fellow, on a Government of Canada Award, at the Department of Computer Science of the University of  Calgary in Canada. Currently I am working as an associate professor at the Section Computational Science of the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam. My research interests are: morphogenesis, marine sessile organisms, evolutionary processes, modelling and simulation of growth and form in biology.

Lecture in De Balie (in Dutch): “Modelleren van groei en vorm van koralen

Prof John Ashburner is one of the developers of the SPM software, which is used internationally by thousands of brain imaging researchers. Contributions relate to generative models for brain MRI registration and tissue segmentation. His current interests involve applying the computational anatomy framework of Grenander and others, in conjunction with pattern recognition approaches, to obtain accurate characterisations of anatomical differences among populations of subjects. This work has potential for translation into clinical practice, and relies on the establishment of large databases of scans. The emphasis is on models with predictive accuracy, rather than simple idealisations.

Lecture in De Balie: “On the Theory of Transformations or the Comparison of Related Forms

Matthew Jarron is responsible for the care, interpretation and accessibility of the University’s museum collections, which are used for learning and teaching within the University and for public engagement and wider impact locally and globally.

Matthew is co-editor of the D’Arcy Thompson themed issue of Interdisciplinary Science Review journal (2013), has many publications, among which the book "'Independent & Individualist' – Art in Dundee 1867-1924" (2015).

Also, he organised various conferences, for example "Riddles of Form – Trienniel conference of the International Association of Word & Image Studies" (co-organiser, 2014).

Lecture in De Balie: “D’Arcy Thompson

With many thanks to the invited speakers:

Prof. Dr. Milene Bonte studied Psychology at Maastricht University (1995-1999), performing her master thesis at Konstanz University, Germany, on developmental changes in children’s brain responses to speech. She received her PhD in 2005 at Maastricht University, studying how sound regularities and expectation influence brain responses to spoken words in dyslexic and typical readers. In 2004 she received a Ter Meulen Fonds (KNAW) travel grant to continue this work using MEG technology at Helsinki University of Technology, Finland. In 2007 she received an NWO Veni grant to investigate developmental changes in brain anatomy (surface morphology) and brain functions for speech and voice recognition. Milene’s current research at the Maastricht Brain Imaging Center (MBIC) focuses on how learning to read changes brain networks in typical and dyslexic readers (NWO Vidi grant) as well as on the interaction between different language functions including reading, speech perception and speech production.

Lecture in De Balie (in Dutch): “Groei en vorm in de hersenen

Moderator: Judith Lengkeek (Verte Vertelling) approaches transformation processes from the storytelling perspective and universal patterns in personal development.

Judith has an interdisciplinary background. She studied innovation processes at Maastricht University as well as studying art at the Rietveld Academy. Judith volunteered for Zabuki, the Science Cafe for children. 

“Road to Reality” Symposium and book presentation

Keynote speaker: Professor Sir Roger Penrose OM FRS

22 January 2019 at the UvA Institute for Advanced Study, Amsterdam

We are grateful for support from Korteweg-De Vries Institute for Mathematics, NWO, Platform Wiskunde Nederland and Nikhef

“On Growth and Form” centenary celebration event

Over groei en vorm 100 jarig jubileum viering

11 March 2017 in De Balie, Amsterdam

Bekijk de lezingen op / watch the lectures on YouTube

Gesponsord door

“On Growth and Form” scientific workshop

23-27 October 2017 in Lorentz Center, Leiden and Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), Amsterdam

See also the exhibition / Zie ook de tentoonstelling

24 October 2017 until 7 January 2018

Bio-inspired Art and Architecture. 100 years of D’Arcy Thompson’s book On Growth and Form Bijzondere Collecties, Universiteit van Amsterdam

The lectures are available on YouTube:

Prof. Sir Roger Penrose: “The 3 Mysteries of Reality

Prof. Dr. Renate Loll: “Rethinking Spacetime

Prof. Dr. Rainer Goebel: “Biophysical Substrate of Conscious Perception in the Human Brain: New Insights from ultra-high field functional brain imaging

Dr. Sacha van Albada: “Large-scale neural network simulations to learn about the primate brain

Prof. Dr. Bart de Smit: “Escher and the Droste effect