MSRI/BCC host Pixar’s Tony DeRose’s lecture on “Math in the Movies,” 7 p.m., Wed., Sept. 11, BCC Auditorium

23 August 2013

Dr. Tony DeRoseDr. Tony DeRose, senior scientist and research group leader at Emeryville’s Pixar Animation Studios, will illustrate the extraordinary contribution of mathematics to animated films.  Math and science underlie the stunning visuals that are essential to storytelling in Pixar’s award-winning movies.  Using numerous clips from such productions as Finding Nemo, Ratatouille, The  Incredibles, Monsters, Inc. and Brave, DeRose will demonstrate how computer technology, physics, geometry, and applied math make possible special effects. Visit his website at


DeRose’s lecture is free and open to the public.


All remaining MSRI-BCC lectures will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesdays in BCC’s auditorium, 2050 Center St. between Shattuck Ave. and Milvia St., on Oct. 9, Nov. 6, Feb. 12, Mar. 12, and Apr. 9. For details about lecturers and the series, please visit


The “Not on the Test: The Pleasures and Uses of Mathematics” series of lectures is sponsored by the Simons Foundation ( and co-presented by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and Berkeley City College.



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