Participant Testimonials

Feb 19 - Feb 21, 2021

Last weekend's research workshop offered unique insights into the thinking of teachers and artists working with geometry in art, with a particular focus on Islamic art, and a view towards contemporary education. It was a rich series of experiences that included careful listening, engaging discussion, and shared learning. It was fast-paced, well-organized, and packed with useful insights into the diverse subject matter that is of historical significance and continuing importance for training in geometry and its many applications. For me, as a senior scholar and historian of Islamic art, it affirmed my understanding of geometry and helped advance several projects in which I am currently involved, writing for journals, encyclopedias, and museums. Thank you!

Carol Bier Research Scholar
Center for Islamic Studies, Graduate Theological Union

I was grateful for the interdisciplinary nature of the participant list. It's unusual for people to come together from so many different backgrounds. The exchanges were fruitful, energetic, and kind.

Frank A. Farris Chair
Mathematics and Computer Science, Santa Clara University

An engaging workshop whose participants represented a cross-section of the mathematical community interested in discovering and exploring the existing connections between art and mathematics as well as creating new ones. Participating in the workshop was a very enjoyable learning experience.

Veselin Jungic Department of Mathematics, Simon Fraser University

It was a fascinating & enjoyable experience to be part of GEAR 21. It was a well run operation which was both easy to navigate as a speaker and participant. The range of presenters was brilliant and although I couldn’t see all of them (time difference and my own teaching), so wonderful to see that they were recorded to be enjoyed later.

Samira Mian Samira Mian Islamic Geometry

BIRS workshop: Geometry: Education, Art, and Research was excellent and it has gone very well in presentations as well as fruitful discussions.

Mohammad Sajid Professor
College of Engineering, Qassim University