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Modern Renaissance Man to Speak at OCU

Scientist, artist and author Bulent Atalay will give a presentation at 9 a.m. Nov. 2 at Oklahoma City University titled “Patterns in Creativity: Beethoven, Newton and Leonardo.” The presentation is free to the public and will be held in the Kerr McGee Auditorium in the Meinders School of Business at N.W. 27th Street and McKinley Avenue.

Atalay has been described as the “Modern Renaissance Man” by NPR, PBS and the Washington Post. He lectures on and is the author of two books that explore the intersection of art, science and mathematics.

Atalay was born in Ankara, Turkey in 1940. His best-selling book, “Math and the Mona Lisa: the Art and Science of Leonardo da Vinci,” was initially published in English by Smithsonian Books in 2004 and subsequently in 11 foreign languages.

A theoretical nuclear physicist, he is the author of numerous technical articles in physics. He has been a professor of physics for four decades at the University of Mary Washington, an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia and a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. He lectures around the world on his expertise in the "A-subjects" — art, archeology, astrophysics and atomic physics — while claiming little knowledge in the "B-subjects" — business, banking and biology.

As an artist, his works have been exhibited in shows in London and Washington, D.C., and his books of lithographs were published by Eton House in the 1970s.

Atalay is also a guest speaker in this year’s Oklahoma Creativity Forum. For more information, visit Atalay's website at