Few people expect to encounter mathematics on a visit to an art gallery or even a walk down a city street (or across campus). When we explore the world around us with mathematics in mind, however, we see the many ways in which mathematics can manifest itself, in streetscapes, sculptures, paintings, architectural structures, and more. This illustrated presentation offers illuminating glimpses of mathematics, from Euclidean geometry and normal distributions to Riemann sums and Möbius strips, as seen in a variety of structures and artworks in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Toronto, Ottawa, New Orleans, and many other locales.
Puzzle 1: Incomplete Open Cubes
Puzzle 2: Lines in Four Directions
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You can learn more about hyperbolic tilings and art at http://mathforum.org/mam/03/essay1.html.
Additional information about hyperbolic tilings can be found at http://aleph0.clarku.edu/~djoyce/poincare/poincare.html.
You can learn more about the poet William Carlos Williams at http://www.poets.org/poets/poets.cfm?prmID=120. A QuickTime video clip presenting his 1928 poem "The Great Figure" is available at http://www.learner.org/catalog/extras/vvspot/video/williams.html.