Alexander Bobenko and Charles Gunn

Alexander Bobenko: professor of mathematics; Charles Gunn: Artist-mathematician
Alexander Bobenko: Mathematics Department, TU Berlin; Charles Gunn, Raum+Gegenraum
Bobenko: Berlin, Germany; Gunn: Falkensee, Germany
Alexander Bobenko: Short film about conformal geometry.
Charles Gunn: I have a great love and respect for the formal depictions of mathematics. These in fact make it at all possible to produce movies of this sort. But in my movies I try to give a taste what I imagine the creative mathematician experiences before he writes up his discoveries. I found the topic of conformal maps to be especially sympathetic, combining many of my previous interests in a single film -- an early viewer of the film rightfully observed, ti could be expanded to a semester course in higher mathematics.
conform! (Trailer)
Alexander Bobenko and Charles Gunn
How can you make good flat maps of the round earth?' Our story begins with Mercator's world map of 1569, the first angle-preserving (or 'conformal') world map. His idea fell on fruitful soil, from which a new branch of mathematics has developed. The movie shows some of the highlights of this development, yielding a series of elegant visual forms which arise as 'conformal maps' on a variety of surfaces in 2- and 3-D. Featuring non-technical language, a simple aesthetic, compelling animation, and an original score, the movie builds an accessible bridge from everyday experience to a beautiful but little-known mathematical theory that continues to bear technological fruit today in fields such as computer graphics and architecture.

This is a short trailer version of the film. More information on the full version (15 minutes long) is available at