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100 ESSENTIAL THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABUT MATH AND THE ARTS. John D. Barrow. W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., New York, 2015. First published in the U.K. as 100 Essential Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know about Maths and the Arts (Bodley Head, Random House, London, 2014). 316 pp. with 81 ills. 22 x 15 cm. LC 2014-38116 ISBN 9780393246551 In English.
Publisher's description: At first glance, the worlds of math and the arts might not seem like comfortable neighbors. But as Cambridge mathematician John D. Barrow points out, they have a strong and natural affinity -- after all, math is the study of all patterns, and the world of the arts is a place rich with pattern. With simple math and crystal-clear language, Barrow whisks us through 100 thought-provoking and often whimsical intersections between math and art, from the golden ratios of Mondrian's rectangles to the curious fractal nature of Pollock's drip paintings, to the next generation of monkeys on typewriters tackling Shakespeare. For those of us with our feet planted more firmly on the ground, Barrow also wields everyday equations to reveal how many security guards are needed in an art gallery or where you should stand to look at sculptures. Barrow's witty and accessible observations are sure to spark the imaginations of math nerds and art aficionados alike.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Several Periods — Several Media
Plans: 70
Worldwide Number: 163145
Hardcover $26.95t (libraries receive a 20% discount on this title)    

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