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Monday, September 24, 2018

Mathematics as Art

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 8:45 AM

[Revised throughout the day on Sept. 24, 2018.]

"Mathematics may be art, but to the general public it is
a black art, more akin to magic and mystery. This presents
a constant challenge to the mathematical community: to explain
how art fits into our subject and what we mean by beauty."

— Sir Michael Atiyah, quoted here on April 4, 2016

Atiyah's remarks today on the Riemann hypothesis, based on his earlier
remarks on "arithmetic physics" and α, the fine-structure constant,
seem to exemplify the "magic and mystery" approach.

From some previous Log24 posts

AMS on 'mathematics, magic, and mystery,' April 2014

MAA on 'mathematics, magic, and mystery,' April 2014

Update of 6:06 PM ET the same day —

https://twitter.com/mpoessel/status/1044131977950109696

For related magic and mystery, see Log24 posts tagged on090405.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Mathmagic Land

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — m759 @ 5:45 PM

Continued from yesterday.

From Log24 on July 24, 2014

Later . . .

"Button, Button, Who's Got the Button?"

Manil Suri?

See also The Abacus Conundrum.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Death in Mathmagic Land

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — m759 @ 11:29 AM

(Continued from May 14, 2014.)

See also consciousness growth and the previous post.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Death in Mathmagic Land

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — m759 @ 3:28 PM

"It was our old friend Pythagoras who discovered
that the pentagram was full of mathematics."

— Narrator, "Donald in Mathmagic Land," Disney, 1959

… and it was Peter J. Cameron who discovered that
mathematics was full of pentagrams.

From Log24 on May 3:  Gray Space —

Robert J. Stewart (left) and a pentagram photo posted May 2
by Oslo artist Josefine Lyche. See also Lyche in this journal.

From Log24 on May 13:  An Artist's Memorial —

The death mentioned in the above May 13 post occurred on
May 12, the date of a scheduled Black Mass at Harvard.

Related material:

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Gray Space

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — m759 @ 9:00 AM

Or: Three Shades of Gray

(Continued from previous Gray Space posts.)

Cube subdivided into 8 subcubes by planes through the center

Click the above image for some related mathematics.

Those who prefer “magic” approaches to mathematics*
may consult the works of Robert J. Stewart and his
mentor William G. Gray.

Robert J. Stewart (left) and a pentagram photo posted yesterday evening
by Oslo artist Josefine Lyche. See also Lyche in this journal.

* See the April 2014 banners displayed at the websites
of the American Mathematical Society and of  the
Mathematical Association of America, as well as
a mathematician’s remarks linked to here last evening.

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