# Mathematical Impressions

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*A.T. Fomenko*

Anatoli&ibreve; Fomenko is a Soviet mathematician with a talent
for expressing abstract mathematical concepts through artwork. Some of
his works echo those of M. C. Escher in their meticulous rendering
of shapes and patterns, while other pieces seem to be more
visceral expressions of mathematical ideas. Stimulating to the
imagination and to the eye, his rich and evocative work can be
interpreted and appreciated in various ways—mathematical,
aesthetic, or emotional.

This book contains 84 reproductions of works by Fomenko (23 of
them in color). In the accompanying captions, Fomenko explains
the mathematical motivation behind the illustrations as well as
the emotional, historical, or mythical subtexts they evoke.
The illustrations carry the viewer through a mathematical world
consisting not of equations and dry logic, but of intuition and
inspiration.

Since the mid-1970s, Fomenko has created more than 280 illustrations.
Not only have his images filled pages of his own numerous books on
geometry, but they have also been chosen to illustrate books on other
subjects, such as statistics, probability, and number theory. In
addition, his works have found their way into the Soviet scientific and
popular press and have been displayed in more than 100 exhibits in the
Soviet Union, Holland, India, and much of Eastern Europe.

Fomenko describes his images as “deep reflections about
the essence of being and about the place of modern
man—in particular, the learned man—in the stormy and
unpredictable world surrounding him.” His illustrations are the
product of a sensitive, aesthetically attuned mind diving deep below the
surface of modern mathematics and emerging with great stories to
tell.

#### Reviews & Endorsements

The quality of reproduction is very high.

-- Mathematical Reviews

Presentations are perfect … highly recommended as visualization of mathematics, as a presentation of mathematics through artwork combined with emotional, historical or mythical aspects.

-- Zentralblatt MATH