Have you ever wondered why the letters we use in writing have the shape they do? Or why sitters are presented in the way they are in most portraits and does this change over time? Or even more generally, why do most of the things around us that are produced by humans look the way they do?
In this talk, Santa Fe Institute postdoctoral fellow Dr. Helena Miton will discuss how scientific and quantitative methods can be used to study cultural phenomena like the spatial composition of European portrait paintings or complex letterforms from around the world.
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