Sunday, April 10, 2016

Week 2: Math + Art

I agree with professor Vesna and Richard Fuller that the education system "de-genuiuses" does reduce or limit our ability to experiment and try new things. (Lecture video 2, 11:18) I found it very interesting when Professor Vesna talked about the vanishing point and how in order to find that in a piece of art, how many mathematical rules and geometry is needed in order to find it. Fuller claims that, "Perspective is necessary in order to understand painting. It is completely mathematical, concerning the roots in nature from which arise this graceful and noble art. . ."

When we use sound and we are able to transform it into numbers that we can alter and make music with. It is eye opening to read "Music and Computers" and being able to see what we can do with artists and their music, by transferring all of the sounds into numbers. In order to do this transformation scientists start  by using an analog to digital converter, which is fundamental for music on ones computer. I also found it very interesting how origami is essentially math and one is able to tell  how much geometry is involved based on the "blue print" of the creases once unfolding the piece of paper based on Thomas Hull's article on "Origami Mathematics". I found it pretty amazing that in origami there are thousands of theorems to fold paper that create beautiful and elegant pieces of art like the origami rose I posted below. 

Time and a "fourth-dimension" seems to be the largest phenomenon from this weeks lecture and readings. Based on time and our ability to perceive the various dimensions and the ability to record these sounds, angles, and art with mathematical principles to make various patterns. After reading "The Fourth Dimension and Non-Euclidean geometry in Modern Art" by Linda Henderson was evident in the work of M.C. Escher and his mathematical art


Alberti, Leon Battista, Cosimo Bartoli, and Giacomo Leoni. The Architecture of Leon Battista Alberti in Ten Books Of Painting in Three Books ; And, Of Statuary in One Book. London: Printed by T. Edlin, 1726. Print.
Vesna, Victoria, Prof. "Mathematics." 10 Apr. 2016. Lecture.
Hull, Thomas. "Origami Mathematics." Page. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Mar. 2015.Henderson, Linda Dalrymple. The Fourth Dimension and Non-Euclidean Geometry in Modern Art. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 1983. Print. 
Smith, B. Sidney. "The Mathematical Art of M.C. Escher." Platonic Realms Minitexts. Platonic Realms, 13 Mar 2014. Web. 13 Mar 2014. <>

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