Math ImageryThe connection between mathematics and art goes back thousands of years. Mathematics has been used in the design of Gothic cathedrals, Rose windows, oriental rugs, mosaics and tilings. Geometric forms were fundamental to the cubists and many abstract expressionists, and award-winning sculptors have used topology as the basis for their pieces. Dutch artist M.C. Escher represented infinity, Möbius bands, tessellations, deformations, reflections, Platonic solids, spirals, symmetry, and the hyperbolic plane in his works.

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"Great Wave," by Kerry Mitchell. ┬ęKerry Mitchell

The genesis of this image has nothing to do with waves; it is a representation of the complex numbers that can be expressed using the base 1 + i. Yet, the spirals inherent in the arithmetic are suggestive of Hokusai's 'The Great Wave Off Kanagawa'. --- Kerry Mitchell

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