Blog Mathematics and Art: A Cultural History

Mathematics and Art: A Cultural History

Posted Sept. 13, 2018, 8:17 p.m. by T

Advertisement
Radio K 2

Mathematics and Art: A Cultural History

Princeton University Press

 

Mathematics is dreaded by many, while the arts at large enjoy a better rep. However, the pursuit and adherence to patterns, formulas and ratios is more often than not the DNA of some of the most significant pieces of art.

It did not take The Da Vinci Code to illuminate a mainstream audience that Leonardo Da Vinci’s oeuvre is largely made of mathematical explorations and was the foundation upon which some of his most striking art is based and the new age with digital technology pushing boundaries on a daily basis has taken the mathematics / art connection to a whole new level and using mathematics creatively.

Mathematics and Art: A cultural history is one opulently illustrated tome of a coffee table book. A coffee table book that does not only look great but is meticulously researched and documented, creating a nexus of philosophy, science, art and mathematics that reaches back to antiquity.

Given the myriad of approaches, schools of thought and theories, it serves as a guide to shed light on seemingly opposing visions and thereby making abstract concepts more tangible through well-written intelligent accompanying essays and contextualised quotes.

In essence, this rich and sumptuously illustrated anthology chronicles and encapsulates the cradle of Western civilization and its appeal is that it is both accessible and challenging, serving as a source of reference for reading and research without overwhelming the recipient no matter what the background might be – arts or mathematics – and creating an opus larger than the sum of both individual components.

An enriching tome that is pervaded by attention to detail as mesmerizing artworks and mathematical diagrams are juxtaposed, leaving the reader with a sense of clarity, beauty and the truth that almost everything in nature can be explained and predicted by mathematics.

Leave a comment
Share this content

Other recent blogs

High Adventures in the Great Outdoors – Part 5

Posted by T
Feb. 21, 2019, 7:08 p.m.

High Adventures in the Great Outdoors Accessories and Traveling Traveling internationally and the daily humdrum that comes with it, especially when it comes to packing and organising one’s essentials can ... read more

Thus Let Us Drink Mead - Stone Dog Meadery

Posted by T
Feb. 19, 2019, 9:10 p.m.

Thus Let Us Drink Mead - Stone Dog Meadery Mead has quite an interesting history, harking back much further than what has manifested in Norse mythology to many thousand years ... read more

Pieter Bruegel: Drawing the World

Posted by T
Feb. 18, 2019, 9:59 a.m.

Pieter Bruegel: Drawing the World Heralded as the Netherland’s draughtsman of the early seventeenth century, Pieter Bruegel’s flag is firmly planted in the pantheon of greats alongside Hieronymus Bosch and ... read more

Water of Life – Bruichladdich Port Charlotte

Posted by T
Feb. 17, 2019, 10:18 a.m.

Water of Life – Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 10-year-old Bruichladdich at large and specifically its Octomore emissions enjoy a near cult-like following, which I do not find further wondrous. I have ... read more

Why Would One Want To Wear a Hat?

Posted by T
Feb. 16, 2019, 10:22 a.m.

Why Would One Want To Wear a Hat? As Philip Treacy put it, how a hat makes you feel is what a hat is all about. Now, I am sure ... read more

Advertisement
Radio K 2
x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.