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Stony Brook’s Simons Center “Iconic Wall” dedicated Friday, May 8 at 4:00pm;

Stony Brook’s Simons Center “Iconic Wall” dedicated Friday, May 8 at 4:00pm

-Not only is the ‘writing on the wall’ … it’s also ‘etched in stone’ -Ancient and contemporary mathematical equations unveiled on “Iconic Wall” at VIP event open to the public

Editor’s Note: Accommodations for media interested in shooting footage and doing interviews in advance or after the event may be arranged


The Simons Center for Geometry and Physics will host the unveiling of the “Iconic Wall,” a site-specific permanent 25.25’ x 20’ x2” installation/sculpture depicting significant equations and diagrams from mathematics and physics that span several thousand years.

Based on an idea proposed by Dr. Nina Douglas, it was designed by Dr. Douglas and Stony Brook University’s Dr. Anthony Phillips in collaboration with members of the Physics and Math Department at the University.

Adapted by celebrated sculptor Christian White, who joined with three other stone carvers to create the project in two years, this relief has been installed in the lobby of the Simons Center, filling a wall 465 square feet in area.  In conjunction of the unveiling of the “Iconic Wall,” an exhibit featuring a historical timeline detailing the equations and physical diagrams depicted on the “Iconic Wall” will be on view as will video footage showing the sculpture’s creation.

A reception will open the event with a dedication and lecture about the art and math on the wall to follow.  It is free and opened to the public.


Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr.

Dr. Nina Douglas     

Stony Brook University Professor Anthony Phillips


Friday, May 8 at 4:00pm


Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, Stony Brook University Campus


Take the Long Island Expressway (LIE, I-495) east to exit 62, and follow Nicolls Road north for approximately 9 miles. The main entrance to the University will be located on your left (note it is the second entrance heading north on Nicolls). Turn left on Circle Road and follow it until you reach the traffic circle. At the traffic circle, take the first exit onto Campus Drive. At the fourth stop sign, turn right on Campus Drive, then make an immediate left onto John S. Toll Drive. The Simons Center will be on your right just past a large parking lot and group of trees. To find the campus via GPS, use “100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook, NY 11790.”



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