This site provides an short biography of the Dutch artist/mathematician M.C. Escher. There are a few cross-links to related math topics and mathematicians and approximately 20 links to graphics images of Eschers artistic works. The material makes for interesting reading and exploration; the embedded links are most convenient. This is one of a number of sites that are part of the award-winning MacTutor History of Mathematics Archives. Please see the related reviews of the sites MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive, Galileo Galilei, Archimedes, and Sir Isaac Newton.
Type of Material:
Classroom demonstration; student exploration. Good starting point for student projects.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Classroom enrichment for instructors and students. Resource material for student papers on general math/history/mathematicians
Target Student Population:
High school and college students
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Eschers life and work has been well researched and presented by the authors and emphasis has been placed on the connections between his mathematical skills and his artistic ability. There are links to related books and articles as well as to a number of Web sites.
It would be useful to include more links to material on the underlying mathematics, such as geometry or symmetry (however, links to related mathematicians such as Coxeter and Penrose are included). Several of the links to other Web sites were inactive. A link checker would be a useful upgrade.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The material on this site provides an excellent resource for classroom demonstration with regard to showing students some of Eschers art and explaining the mathematical connections to his work. The materials are also suitable for student exploration and discovery. Direct links to a nice selection of Eschers works are included.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This site is primarily text and graphics. The embedded links to images of Eschers art (with permission from Cordon Art - Baarn - Holland) were especially convenient. No technical difficulties were encountered in the use of this site.
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