Fragments of Infinity: A Kaleidescope of Math and Art

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Wiley, Sep 19, 2001 - Mathematics - 248 pages
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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Contents

Theorems in Stone
11
A Place in Space
35
Plane Folds
61
Copyright

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Ivars Peterson is the author of "The Mathematical Tourist" (1988), "Islands of Truth" (1990) and "Newton's Clock" (1993) --all published by W.H. Freeman and Company. For the past ten years he has reported on developments in astronomy, physics, and mathematics for Science News. In recognition of his accomplishments as a science journalist and author, Peterson received the 1991 Communications Award from the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics.

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