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This winter, the Star Ledgernewspaper ran an
article about Dr. Bahman Kalantari and his use of mathematical
polynomials to create art. Mrs. Altamura spotted the article and
read brought it to her Team 8-2 Period 4 algebra students. The
students expressed an interest to know more about polynomiography,
so one of them, Elizabeth Sergison, e-mailed Dr. Kalantari to learn
more about his program. Dr. Kalantari, a computer scientist who
teaches at Rutgers, replied. After some correspondence, Dr.
Kalantari was invited to speak at a Randolph Middle School
During an informal algebra classroom reception held before the
eighth grade assembly, Dr. Kalantari revealed that he had always
wanted to paint. He spent 12 years honing software that can be used
to create patterns and designs based on mathematical input. If
polynomials are entered into the software, it can generate
a picture that the user can also color and manipulate at will.
Mrs. Carol Ann Altamura thanked Dr. Kalantari for the
“excitement brought to this group. We have been looking forward to
Dr. Kalantari’s visit.” Mrs. Altamura presented the mathematician
with a Randolph Middle School t-shirt and framed photograph of the
algebra class, saying that Dr. Kalantri was now “an honorary member
of Randolph Middle School.” In return, Dr. Kalantari presented large
posters of some of his artwork.
Mrs. Sandy Sergison, Elizabeth's mother, served
refreshment, including a beautiful cake that was decorated with a
miniature copy of one of Dr. Kalantari’s paintings.
The mathematician then spoke to the entire eighth grade in the
auditorium, discussing his program and showing some of his artwork.
Dr. Kalantari combined the words “polynomial” and “graphics” to form
the “new” word to describe his “invention”. An individual image is
defined to be a "polynomiograph". He has even created a picture of
“Miss Poly” to demonstrate the software’s ability. Dr. Kalantari
hopes to bring his software to schools so that students can learn
about the beauty and strength of math and its connection to art. He
says that his software has artistic, mathematical, scientific and
In conclusion, Dr. Kalantari told the audience that they are
lucky to be able to attend such a good middle and high school, and
he urged them to take advantage of all they could learn. Dr.
Kalantarai came to the United States after completing his own high
school education in his native Iran.
||Standing in front of the computer-generated welcome sign
and newspaper article about him, Dr. Kalantari poses with some
members of Mrs. Altamura's algebra class. |