M.C. Escher: Visions of Symmetry

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Harry N. Abrams, May 21, 2004 - Art - 384 pages
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Doris Schattschneider's Visions of Symmetry is a study of Escher's work. It deals with one powerful obsession that preoccupied Escher: what he called "the regular division of the plane," the puzzlelike interlocking of birds, fish, lizards, and other natural forms in continuous patterns. Schattschneider asks, "How did he do it?" She answers the question by analyzing Escher's notebooks.
Visions of Symmetry includes many of Escher's masterworks, as well as hundreds of lesser-known examples of his work. This new edition also features a foreward and an illustrated epilogue that reveals new information about Escher's inspiration and shows how his ideas of symmetry have influenced mathematicians, computer scientists, and contemporary artists.

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Oh wow, hundreds of drawings by the Dutchman (1898-1972) many mathematicians and computer scientists would consider the greatest artist who ever lived. There's extensive how-he-did-it discussion, but it's a treat just to leaf through the color-packed pages of this large-format tome. Read full review


Early signs 2 The fascination of regular division of the plane
An important journey 15 The open gate 19 The geometric
The 19411942 notebooks 54 Eschers theory in relation

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Doris Schattschneider holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale University and taught mathematics at Moravian College for 34 years. She is the author of more than 40 articles, and author or editor of several books. She was Director for two FIPSE-funded projects that developed A COMPANION TO CALCULUS and mentored several campuses in developing a course integrating precalculus review with a first course in calculus. She has been active in the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) at all levels, and was editor of MATHEMATICS MAGAZINE 1981 1985. In 1993 she received the national MAA Award for Distinguished Teaching of College or University Mathematics.

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