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Category Archives: Mathematics and the Arts
On Seashells, Spirals, and Solids
Recently, a friend sent me a link to the drawing Fibonacci Dodecahedron by the Venezuelan artist Rafael Araujo. I found it quite beautiful but was immediately skeptical of the words Fibonacci and dodecahedron appearing together. It’s no secret that I … Continue reading
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Tagged art, Fibonacci, mathematical art, Phi, Rafael Araujo, seashell, spiral, Technical Drawing
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Take The Math Less Traveled
Mathlesstraveled is a blog “dedicated to exploring beautiful mathematics.” The blog is written by Brent Yorgey, an assistant professor in the department of math and computer science at Hendrix College, who lives closer to the computer science end of mathematics. … Continue reading
Posted in Mathematics and Computing, Mathematics and the Arts
Tagged Brent Yorgey, mathlesstraveled
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Growing Up Gifted
It seems that Hollywood can’t get enough of mathematicians. Most recently, Gifted hit theaters. It’s the story of the mathematically gifted sevenyearold Mary who is living with her uncle in Florida. We follow Mary’s struggle adjusting to a typical public … Continue reading
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Tagged Evelyn Lamb, Gifted, Jordan Ellenberg, math in the movies, Math Movies, Movies, Terrence Tao
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In Praise of People Who Tell Us How to Play with New Toys
I’ve been thinking about getting a 3D printer for a long time but haven’t taken the plunge yet. Aside from the money, space, and inevitable proliferation of small plastic things to step on, part of me is worried I wouldn’t … Continue reading
More To Math and Art Than Just Phi
I recently became aware of the mathematical artist LunYi London Tsai. Tsai has a master’s degree in math, and it is clear that he has studied a great deal of math in his life. His mathematical paintings and drawings are … Continue reading
Posted in Mathematics and the Arts, Uncategorized
Tagged Alejandro Guijarro, art, chain complex, chalkboard, Hopf Fibration, LunYi Tsai
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2, 4, 6, 8, It’s Almost Time to Tessellate
This Friday, June 17, is the inaugural World Tessellation Day. I am normally skeptical of attempts to create new holidays, but I am so fond of filling up the plane with shapes that I just can’t help myself. Emily Grosvenor … Continue reading
Posted in Events, Mathematics and the Arts
Tagged geometry, M. C. Escher, mathematics and the arts, tessellation, tiling, world tessellation day
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Straws Thingys and Other Mathematical Sculptures
I love an abstract math pondering session as much as the next mathematician (or at least within epsilon), but there’s something immensely satisfying about coming back down to earth and using your hands to make something. At some point last … Continue reading
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Tagged mathematical crafts, Straws Thingy, tetrahedron, things you can make, Zachary Abel
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Fold Your Way to Glory
Yesterday, I led a meeting of a Teachers’ Math Circle about the fold and cut theorem. This theorem says any region with a polygonal boundary can be folded and cut from a sheet of paper using only one cut. I … Continue reading
The Creativity of Approximation
As a mathematician, I am frequently frustrated with the world’s stubborn refusal to mirror mathematical perfection. No “circle” made of atoms actually has a circumferencetodiameter ratio of π; no population’s growth is exactly an exponential function. The overwhelming approximateness of … Continue reading