Lecture: Art, Science and Maths

Ref: C3747569

The links between art, mathematics and science will demonstrated with examples taken from: 1. Vitruvius – human proportions and buildings 2. The Golden Ratio and the Fibonacci Sequence 3. Luca Pacioli, Albrecht Durer and magic squares 4. Kepler’s planetary scheme 5. Perspective 6. Anamorphic images 7. MC Escher 8. The 1570 calendar shift 9. Pythagorean proportions – music

Course aim

Art, mathematics and science form a creative triangle in which we can find influences of each of them on the other two. In the lecture we look at examples of this symbiotic relationship.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Enjoy more reading books about the links between maths, science and art. Often in articles in this area can be found in journals like Scientific American and New Scientist.
  • Enjoy with more confidence the many museums of technology and science such as the Science Museum in London.
  • Appreciate the artwork of such people as M C Escher. In his work we find intriguing and captivating mathematical imagery.
  • Understand better the structure of musical instruments which is based on the mathematical analysis of sounds

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

All materials will be provided. Illustrated notes will be circulated in advance.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Lecture: Art, Science and Maths

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