I always took a window seat, because I like to watch the landscape below. Most people prefer the extra comfort of the aisle, and most people assigned to window seats pull down the shades. One time about four years ago, after taking off from Indianapolis, I found myself absorbed more thoughtfully than usual in the farmland below. I realized I was observing so many things in the landscape for the first time that I would never remember them all.
Indeed, the many interconnections between mathematics and art provide a wealth of material from which organizers of Math Awareness Month events can select. The list of sources on the Math Awareness web site is a great place to start.
In this brief essay, I'll highlight a few of the possible ways to fill in the blanks above. I hope that this will stimulate you to explore many others. Mathematics produces art At the most practical level, mathematical tools have always been used in an essential way in the creation of art.
Since ancient times, the lowly compass and straightedge, augmented by other simple draftsmen's and craftsmen's tools, have been used to create beautiful designs realized in the architecture and decoration of palaces, cathedrals, and mosques.
The intricate Moorish tessellations in tile, brick, and stucco that adorn their buildings and the equally intricate tracery of Gothic windows and interiors are a testament to the imaginative use of ancient geometric knowledge.
The symbiosis of art and mathematics during these times as linear perspective and projective geometry were developing is one of the most striking examples of art and mathematics evolving almost simultaneously in new directions.
In the hands of an artist, computers can produce art, powered by unseen complex internal mathematical processes that provide their magical abilities. Mathematical transformations provide the means by which an image or form in one surface or space is represented in another.
Art is illusion, and transformations are important in creating illusion. Isometries, similarities, and affine transformations can transform images exactly or with purposeful distortion, projections can represent three and higher -dimensional forms on two-dimensional picture surfaces, even curved ones.
Special transformations can distort or unscramble a distorted image, producing anamorphic art. All these transformations can be mathematically described, and the use of guiding grids to assist in performing these transformations has been replaced today largely by computer software.
Compasses, rulers, grids, mechanical devices, keyboard and mouse are physical tools for the creation of art, but without the power of mathematical relationships and processes these tools would have little creative power.
Mathematics generates art Pattern is a fundamental concept in both mathematics and art. Mathematical patterns can generate artistic patterns. Often a coloring algorithm can produce "automatic art" that may be as surprising or aesthetically pleasing as that produced by a human hand.
Colored versions of the Mandelbrot set and Julia sets are striking examples of this: The intricacy of these images, their symmetries, and the endless in theory continuance of the designs on ever-smaller scales, makes them spellbinding.
For example, begin with an array of numbers such as a large data set, a sequence, a modular operation table, or Pascal's triangle and color the numbers in the array according to some rule.
Often surprising patterns -- even art -- emerges. Recursive algorithms applied to geometric figures can generate attractive self-similar patterns. Begin with a curve, a closed figure, or a simple spatial form, apply an algorithm to alter that figure by adding to or subtracting from specified parts of that figure, then repeat the algorithm recursively.
Many nonperiodic tilings such as the Penrose tilings can also be generated automatically, beginning with a small patch of tiles and then applying a recursive "inflation" algorithm.
Transformations and symmetry are also fundamental concepts in both mathematics and art. Mathematicians actually define symmetry of objects functions, matrices, designs or forms on surfaces or in space by their invariance under a group of transformations.
Conversely, the application of a group of transformations to simple designs or spatial objects automatically generates beautifully symmetric patterns and forms. InBrewster's newly-invented kaleidoscope demonstrated the power of the laws of reflection in automatically generating eye-catching rosettes from jumbles of colored shards between two mirrors.
Periodic tessellations, whether geometric or Escher-like, can be automatically generated by computer programs [R12] or by hand, following recipes that employ isometries. Art illuminates mathematics When mathematical patterns or processes automatically generate art, a surprising reverse effect can occur: Who could have guessed the mathematical nuggets that might otherwise be hidden in a torrent of symbolic or numerical information?This forgery, Christ and the Disciples at Emmaus, was completed in To produce it, van Meegeren studied seventeenth-century pigment formulas, incorporated volatile flower oils in his pigments to create hardness, and used badger-hair brushes (a single modern bristle embedded in the paint would give him away) on canvas recycled from an unimportant seventeenth-century painting.
For a few years I flew back and forth regularly between Indianapolis and Eugene, Oregon, maybe twelve times in all. I always took a window seat, because I like to watch the landscape below.
Mathematics Awareness Month is sponsored each year by the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics to recognize the importance of mathematics through written materials and an accompanying poster that highlight mathematical developments and applications in a particular r-bridal.com Policy Board for Mathematics to recognize the importance of mathematics.
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