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MATHEMATICS + ART: A CULTURAL HISTORY. Lynn Gamwell. Princeton University Press, 2015. Copyright 2016. 576 pp. with 608 ills. (410 col.). 32 x 26 cm. LC 2014-959232 ISBN 9780691165288 In English.
Publisher's description: This is a cultural history of mathematics and art, from antiquity to the present. Mathematicians and artists have long been on a quest to understand the physical world they see before them and the abstract objects they know by thought alone. Taking readers on a tour of the practice of mathematics and the philosophical ideas that drive the discipline, Lynn Gamwell points out the important ways mathematical concepts have been expressed by artists. Sumptuous illustrations of artworks and cogent math diagrams are featured in Gamwell's comprehensive exploration. Gamwell begins by describing mathematics from antiquity to the Enlightenment, including Greek, Islamic, and Asian mathematics. Then focusing on modern culture, Gamwell traces mathematicians' search for the foundations of their science, such as David Hilbert's conception of mathematics as an arrangement of meaning-free signs, as well as artists' search for the essence of their craft, such as Aleksandr Rodchenko's monochrome paintings.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Several Periods — Several Media
Plans: 71,54
Worldwide Number: 168799
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