October 1 Day 572: Coincidence?

I attended two mathematically themed events today, the National Association of Mathematician’s MATHFest (Day 1) and the gallery opening reception of the Seattle Universal Math Museum art exhibit “For the LOVE of MATH!

Both were joyous occasions.

I drove north to Mercer island in the early evening to celebrate the mathematically inspired (and often mathematically produced) art of friends at the grand opening of the the “For the LOVE of MATH” exhibit. There were some wonderful pieces.

So what was the connection between these two events? During Pamela Harris’s J. Ernest Wilkins Lecture, I heard about a publication called the Girl’s Angle Bulletin, created to foster and nurture girls’ interest in mathematics. So I was delightfully surprised to see the 2021 June/July issue of Girl’s Angle Bulletin sitting on the book table outside the art gallery. As I scanned through the issue, I found an article by Pamela Harris.

Pamela promoted the Girl’s Angle Bulletin in a Zoom conference presentation from Massachusetts and a few hours later, I ran across an issue of that very publication in Seattle with an article by Pamela Harris (and friends.) Pure coincidence but the kind of coincidence I enjoy.

The cover photo displays three works by clay sculptor Anne Hirondelle: Magenta, Yellow, and Aqua.

Published by Jenny Quinn

Mathematician. Mother. Wife. Leader. I am a professor of mathematics at the University of Washington Tacoma. Mother of Anson and Zachary. Wife to Mark. President of the Mathematical Association of America.

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