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Mathematics in Art and Architecture

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This is a set of materials developed at the National University of Singapore concerning the connections between mathematics and art and architecture. The author emphasizes that mathematics is not just about formulas and logic, but about patterns, symmetry, structure, shape and beauty. There are powerpoint tutorials, text and graphics descriptions, and a wealth of links to other valuable resources.
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Date Added to MERLOT: November 30, 2004
Date Modified in MERLOT: April 09, 2014
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Submitter: James Rutledge
Keywords: Durer, pyramid, wallpaper, Kaleidoscopes, labyrinth, golden ratio, Vermeer, maze, da Vinci, Hockney, polyhedra, pattern, tessellations, frieze, Escher, Platonic, tiling, perspective, Holbein, symmetry


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Primary Audience: High School, College General Ed
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Technical Requirements: Adobe Acrobat Reader; Powerpoint viewer
Language: English
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Avatar for Cameron Seibly
7 years ago

Cameron Seibly (Student)

I have not dabbled much into the creating and planing of buildings, however; I did take a engineering class for fun in high school. We had to draw out a floor plan and calculate the square footage and the many dimensions. So reading this material brings me back to that, but the math in all the arts was what grabbed hold of my attention. Being a practitioner of the arts I love to see how mathematics can be used in all media. This brings me to one of my favorite moments in my schooling so far. For my final in senior year Studio Art I had to scale a picture on a piece of paper the size of a postage stamp to fit a 12 by 14 foot wall. Never really having a strong calculating background it was hard to put it simply.

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7 years ago

Mike Lydon (Student)

After spending about twenty minutes reviewing the content of the article I came out with a favorable opinion of the content. Despite being a rubric for a college course I thought that there was a good quality to the material. I like the idea of being able to look around and view the world from a mathematical perspective. To be able to visualize common objects or buildings and know something interesting about them. Additionally the content is educationally viable and useful to disciplines such as architecture. I believe that somebody could use this page as an effective teaching or learning tool. Or even as a way to convince somebody who dosn't particularly like math that it is relevant to them in many different ways. Lastly, the site is fairly well organized with a table of contents with clickable links to the information listed below. The only troubling thing about the page has to be that it was designed as a class information sheet, other than that this article was good.