Radioactive dating art forgeries

Normally, differential equations are associated with Newton’s laws of motion; Maxwell’s equations are PDE’s.Most people are under the impression that differential equations are used in physics/engineering and of course, what salivates many are their applications to finance/econometrics/stock-market algorithms.

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My aim, in the present blog, is to raise the awareness that any problem which can be mathematically modelled (under certain assumptions) can be solved mathematically !!

The trick or validity of the mathematical model lies on your knowledge of Math, both the width and depth, and the knowledge of other areas of the problem at hand.

Let us look at an application of differential equations to arts!

(This is a classic example which I picked up from available literature on differential equations and their applications and I would like to share with you) It was proved that the beautiful painting “Disciples at Emmaus”‘ which was bought by the Rembrandt Society of Belgium for $170,000 was a modern forgery.

The panel took x-rays of the paintings to determine whether other paintings were underneath them.

In addition, they analyzed the pigments (coloring material) used in the paint, and examined the paintings for certain signs of old age.On the basis of this evidence Van Meegeren was convicted of forgery, on October 12, 1947 and sentenced one year in prison.While in prison, he suffered a heart attack and died on December 30, 1947.The story is as given below: After the liberation of Belgium in World War II, the Dutch Field Security began its hunt for Nazi collaborators.They discovered, in the records of a firm which had acted as an intermediary in the sale to Goering of the painting “Woman Taken in Adultery” by the famed 17th century Dutch painter Jan Vermeer.However, Van Meegeren was careless with several of his forgeries, and the panel of experts found traces of the modern pigment cobalt blue.

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