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Art in the Life of Mathematicians
 
Edited by: Anna Kepes Szemerédi ELTE, Budapest, Hungary
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Art in the Life of Mathematicians
Edited by: Anna Kepes Szemerédi ELTE, Budapest, Hungary
Available Formats:
Hardcover ISBN:  978-1-4704-1956-1
Product Code:  MBK/91
282 pp 
List Price: $52.00
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AMS Member Price: $41.60
Electronic ISBN:  978-1-4704-2295-0
Product Code:  MBK/91.E
282 pp 
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  • Book Details
     
     
    2015
    MSC: Primary 00;

    Why are mathematicians drawn to art? How do they perceive it? What motivates them to pursue excellence in music or painting? Do they view their art as a conveyance for their mathematics or an escape from it? What are the similarities between mathematical talent and creativity and their artistic equivalents? What are the differences? Can a theatrical play or a visual image capture the beauty and excitement of mathematics? Some of the world's top mathematicians are also accomplished artists: musicians, photographers, painters, dancers, writers, filmmakers. In this volume, they share some of their work and reflect on the roles that mathematics and art have played in their lives. They write about creativity, communication, making connections, negotiating successes and failures, and navigating the vastly different professional worlds of art and mathematics.

    I have always admired the abstraction ability of composers. The ingenious construction of beautiful patterns that can evoke such powerful emotions seems nothing short of magical. While mathematicians too construct beautiful patterns, I fear that few outside the math community appreciate that beauty or find any magic in it. I hope that this wonderful collection of articles, written by mathematicians who are themselves artists, will help better explain the many varied connections between mathematics and the arts, and illuminate better the beauty and magic in math.

    Avi Wigderson, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

    Much has been written about the close relationship of mathematics and music. It is a rather one-sided affair because mathematicians are usually very musical while musicians—including myself—are considerably less knowledgeable on matters of science. However we are all eager to learn from each other and the present volume is a most valuable contribution to this interesting dialogue.

    Sir Andras Schiff, pianist and conductor

    Creativity, Originality and Imagination are three common features of mathematicians and artists. This inspiring book contains much more about the similarities between art and mathematics, as described by outstanding mathematicians with a wide range of artistic interests.

    Noga Alon, Tel Aviv University

    Mathematics and art are intertwined on so many levels… It is exciting to see such a broad treatment of this important theme.

    Charles Simonyi, Chairman of the Board, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

    Readership

    Undergraduate and graduate students as well as research mathematicians interested in relations of mathematics and art.

  • Table of Contents
     
     
    • Chapters
    • Introduction
    • The art of mathematics
    • Opera and music–A mathematician’s view
    • The fragility of beauty in mathematics and in art
    • Mathematics, love, and tattoos
    • Music–A life not chosen
    • Writing and performing mathematics as metaphor
    • Photography
    • Painting and mathematics
    • Mathematics, art, civilization
    • De Novo artistic activity, origins of logograms, and mathematical intuition
    • A drifter of Dadaist persuasion
    • Inside out, outside in (mathematics on a single snapshot)
    • Conversation with Klaus Roth
    • Salsa and mathematics
    • Thoughts on art and mathematics
    • Mathematics and art
    • Into the woods
  • Reviews
     
     
    • This is a rich, varied, and fascinating book. I urge anyone who is interested in both art and mathematics to read it. Or, if you are just interested in mathematics, this book could kindle an interest in art. And vice versa... Ultimately, art and mathematics have very similar goals: understanding the world around us more deeply, exploring new means of expressing ourselves.

      Frederic Green, SIGACT News
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2015
MSC: Primary 00;

Why are mathematicians drawn to art? How do they perceive it? What motivates them to pursue excellence in music or painting? Do they view their art as a conveyance for their mathematics or an escape from it? What are the similarities between mathematical talent and creativity and their artistic equivalents? What are the differences? Can a theatrical play or a visual image capture the beauty and excitement of mathematics? Some of the world's top mathematicians are also accomplished artists: musicians, photographers, painters, dancers, writers, filmmakers. In this volume, they share some of their work and reflect on the roles that mathematics and art have played in their lives. They write about creativity, communication, making connections, negotiating successes and failures, and navigating the vastly different professional worlds of art and mathematics.

I have always admired the abstraction ability of composers. The ingenious construction of beautiful patterns that can evoke such powerful emotions seems nothing short of magical. While mathematicians too construct beautiful patterns, I fear that few outside the math community appreciate that beauty or find any magic in it. I hope that this wonderful collection of articles, written by mathematicians who are themselves artists, will help better explain the many varied connections between mathematics and the arts, and illuminate better the beauty and magic in math.

Avi Wigderson, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

Much has been written about the close relationship of mathematics and music. It is a rather one-sided affair because mathematicians are usually very musical while musicians—including myself—are considerably less knowledgeable on matters of science. However we are all eager to learn from each other and the present volume is a most valuable contribution to this interesting dialogue.

Sir Andras Schiff, pianist and conductor

Creativity, Originality and Imagination are three common features of mathematicians and artists. This inspiring book contains much more about the similarities between art and mathematics, as described by outstanding mathematicians with a wide range of artistic interests.

Noga Alon, Tel Aviv University

Mathematics and art are intertwined on so many levels… It is exciting to see such a broad treatment of this important theme.

Charles Simonyi, Chairman of the Board, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

Readership

Undergraduate and graduate students as well as research mathematicians interested in relations of mathematics and art.

  • Chapters
  • Introduction
  • The art of mathematics
  • Opera and music–A mathematician’s view
  • The fragility of beauty in mathematics and in art
  • Mathematics, love, and tattoos
  • Music–A life not chosen
  • Writing and performing mathematics as metaphor
  • Photography
  • Painting and mathematics
  • Mathematics, art, civilization
  • De Novo artistic activity, origins of logograms, and mathematical intuition
  • A drifter of Dadaist persuasion
  • Inside out, outside in (mathematics on a single snapshot)
  • Conversation with Klaus Roth
  • Salsa and mathematics
  • Thoughts on art and mathematics
  • Mathematics and art
  • Into the woods
  • This is a rich, varied, and fascinating book. I urge anyone who is interested in both art and mathematics to read it. Or, if you are just interested in mathematics, this book could kindle an interest in art. And vice versa... Ultimately, art and mathematics have very similar goals: understanding the world around us more deeply, exploring new means of expressing ourselves.

    Frederic Green, SIGACT News
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