Associate Professor of Mathematics
Most people probably would never link the worlds of fine art with mathematics. Bill Ralph did, with astoundingly beautiful results.
Bill’s been an associate professor of mathematics at Brock University since 1985. His mathematical research began in algebraic topology with the study of exotic homology and cohomology theories and their connections with Banach algebras.
But it doesn’t stop there. Lately, he has been using the Hausdorff dimension of the orbits of dynamical systems to generate mathematical art, which take a great deal of experimentation before completion.
“I use abstract versions of such systems as the basis for computer programs that assist me in creating art using a technique that I have invented and which are unique in the world,” says Bill on his website. “The medium is quite difficult to handle and is much like creating a sculpture from a pile of leaves by blowing on them.”
Even though his pieces are based on rather simple math rules, they carry an increasing complexity and spontaneity that would be almost impossible to duplicate. His creations have received international praise and will essentially change the way that people view art and math, which is as one entity.
“As an artist, I hope that my work will connect people emotionally to the enormous complexity and unity that is inherent within the rich mathematical objects that inspire my images,” says Bill.
Professor of Classics
Assistant Professor Elizabeth Greene is affectionately known as “Jacqueline Cousteau” at Brock University. She also calls herself “Indianette Jones.”
It’s easy to see why.
Elizabeth, whose specialty is Greek Art in the Classics Department, can be found leading student excursions to shipwreck sites off the coast of Turkey. She’s responsible for the publication about the 6th century BC shipwreck at Pabuç Burnu, Turkey, and is co-authoring a book on shipwrecks and ancient trade.
She’s an innovator who successfully combines rigorous and experiential academic programs, and in doing so, is part of Brock’s dynamic culture that breaks boundaries of academic convention.
Her passions about ancient geography, travel and nautical archaeology have taken her to excavation and survey projects throughout the Mediterranean, and besides Turkey, she’s conducted research in Albania, Greece and Egypt.
Her interests include the rituals associated with ancient seafaring, the economic relationships between individuals and cities, and how the archaeological record can be used to provide hard surfaces for symbolic readings of art and text.