100 Essential Things You Didn’t Know About Maths and the Arts


The Arts rely on Maths in more ways that you might imagine: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and…

We apply mathematics to some of the arts: identify Dali’s use of 4-d geometry, ask if fractals distinguish abstract art works, plan the subterranean Tunnel of Eupalinos in 520BC, find the best place to view a statue, and calculate the distance to the horizon.

We see how smooth curves informed elegant design, fonts, and Henry Moore’s stringed sculptures. Finally, we look at the probabilistic analysis of texts.

The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College Website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and…

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