Fragments of Infinity: A Kaleidescope of Math and Art / Edition 1

Fragments of Infinity: A Kaleidescope of Math and Art / Edition 1

by Ivars Peterson
     
 

A visual journey to the intersection of math and imagination, guided by an award-winning author
Mathematics is right brain work, art left brain, right? Not so. This intriguing book shows how intertwined the disciplines are. Portraying the work of many contemporary artists in media from metals to glass to snow, Fragments of Infinity draws us into the mysteries of

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A visual journey to the intersection of math and imagination, guided by an award-winning author
Mathematics is right brain work, art left brain, right? Not so. This intriguing book shows how intertwined the disciplines are. Portraying the work of many contemporary artists in media from metals to glass to snow, Fragments of Infinity draws us into the mysteries of one-sided surfaces, four-dimensional spaces, self-similar structures, and other bizarre or seemingly impossible features of modern mathematics as they are given visible expression. Featuring more than 250 beautiful illustrations and photographs of artworks ranging from sculptures both massive and minute to elaborate geometric tapestries and mosaics of startling complexity, this is an enthralling exploration of abstract shapes, space, and time made tangible.
Ivars Peterson (Washington, DC) is the mathematics writer and online editor of Science News and the author of The Jungles of Randomness (Wiley: 0-471-16449-6), as well as four previous trade books.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471165583
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
09/19/2001
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
9.25(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.53(d)

Table of Contents

Preface.

1. Gallery Visits.

2. Theorems in Stone.

3. A Place in Space.

4. Plane Folds.

5. Grid Fields.

6. Crystal Visions.

7. Strange Sides.

8. Minimal Snow.

9. Points of View.

10. Fragments.

Further Readings.

Credits.

Index.

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