If you are out and about and find an example of real life math,
take a picture or find a link and send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
with a short description.
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Friday, August 13, 2010
I don't love writing papers, so when I found out that I would have to write a ten page paper for my history of math class I was less than excited. The only way to make the project more palatable was to write about something that I enjoy and want to learn even more about, which is why I chose the visual artist M.C. Escher. I was aware of his use of tessellations to create amazing images, but that was the extent of my knowledge.
While writing my paper I learned that M.C. Escher's work was a lot more complex than I had ever imagined. He used concepts such as infinity, the mobius strip, the Penrose Triangle, impossible objects, hyperbolic geometry and inversion of a circle to create pieces of art that were so much more complex than his initial division of a plane works. It gave me a knew appreciation for his visual art, but I still don't like writing papers!