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2nd Edition

Math and Art
An Introduction to Visual Mathematics

ISBN 9780367076115
Published September 27, 2021 by Chapman and Hall/CRC
398 Pages 780 Color Illustrations

USD $69.95

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Book Description

Math and Art: An Introduction to Visual Mathematics explores the potential of mathematics to generate visually appealing objects and reveals some of the beauty of mathematics. It includes numerous illustrations, computer-generated graphics, photographs, and art reproductions to demonstrate how mathematics can inspire or generate art.

Focusing on accessible, visually interesting, and mathematically relevant topics, the text unifies mathematics subjects through their visual and conceptual beauty. Sequentially organized according to mathematical maturity level, each chapter covers a cross section of mathematics, from fundamental Euclidean geometry, tilings, and fractals to hyperbolic geometry, platonic solids, and topology. For art students, the book stresses an understanding of the mathematical background of relatively complicated yet intriguing visual objects. For science students, it presents various elegant mathematical theories and notions.


  • Provides an accessible introduction to mathematics in art
  • Supports the narrative with a self-contained mathematical theory, with complete proofs of the main results (including the classification theorem for similarities)
  • Presents hundreds of figures, illustrations, computer-generated graphics, designs, photographs, and art reproductions, mainly presented in full color
  • Includes 21 projects and approximately 280 exercises, about half of which are fully solved
  • Covers Euclidean geometry, golden section, Fibonacci numbers, symmetries, tilings, similarities, fractals, cellular automata, inversion, hyperbolic geometry, perspective drawing, Platonic and Archimedean solids, and topology

New to the Second Edition

  • New exercises, projects and artworks
  • Revised, reorganized and expanded chapters
  • More use of color throughout


Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Euclidean Geometry. 1.0. Introduction. 1.1. The Five Axioms of Euclidean Geometry. 1.2. Ruler and Compass Constructions. 1.3. The Golden Ratio. 1.4. Fibonacci Numbers. Chapter 2. Plane Transformations. 2.1. Plane Symmetries. 2.2.* Plane Symmetries, Vectors, and Matrices (Optional). 2.3. Groups of Symmetries Of Planar Objects. 2.4. Frieze Patterns. 2.5. Wallpaper Designs and Tilings of the Plane. 2.6. Tilings and Art. Chapter 3. Similarities, Fractals, and Cellular Automata. 3.1. Similarities and some other Planar Transformations. 3.2.* Complex Numbers (Optional). 3.3. Fractals: Definition and Some Examples. 3.4. Julia Sets. 3.5. Cellular Automata. Chapter 4. Hyperbolic Geometry. 4.1. Non-Euclidean Geometries: Background and Some History. 4.2. Inversion. 4.3. Hyperbolic Geometry. 4.4. Some Basic Constructions in the Poincaré Model. 4.5. Tilings of the Hyperbolic Plane. Chapter 5. Perspective. 5.1. Perspective: A brief overview of the Evolution of the rules of perspective. 5.2. Perspective Drawing and Constructions of Some Two-Dimensional (Planar) Objects. 5.3. Perspective Images of Three-Dimensional Objects. 5.4.* Mathematics of Perspective Drawing: A Brief Overview (Optional). Chapter 6. Some Three-Dimensional Objects. 6.1. Regular and Other Polyhedra. 6.2. Sphere, Cylinder, Cone, and Conic Sections. 6.3. Geometry, Tilings, Fractals, and Cellular Automata in Three Dimensions. Chapter 7. Topology. 7.1. Homotopy of Spaces: An Informal Introduction. 7.2. Two-Manifolds and The Euler Characteristic. 7.3. Non-Orientable Two-Manifolds and Three-Manifolds. Appendix: Classification Theorem for Similarities. Solutions.



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Sasho Kalajdzievski is the professor in the Mathematics department at University of Manitoba


"A beautiful book that brings out a wide range of mathematics, ancient to modern, with rich and often unexpected connections to the visual arts."
– Catherine A. Gorini, Maharishi International University

"Kalajdzievski takes us on a fascinating journey through the most visual subjects in mathematics. This book has the rare quality of not only organizing topics in a sequence that reveals how geometric concepts build upon one another, but also presenting each topic in a compact and self-contained manner for readers who prefer to browse for different entry points into the text. Although verbal explanations and mathematical formulae abound here, it is the colorful diagrams and photographs that capture the attention and enchant the eye. "
– James Mai, Professor of Art, Illinois State University

Praise for the First Edition

"This delightful book grew out of set of teaching notes for an interdisciplinary course called Math in Art that was co-taught by a mathematician and an artist or architect. … The mathematical ideas are presented visually in a way that seems quite natural, and it engages the reader through explorations with lots of hands-on exercises. The mathematical presentation is solid, and the choice of topics puts the focus on the visual presentation of mathematical concepts. The illustrations are beautiful! … This text is very readable. The mathematics is accessible to those with little mathematical background, and yet the presentation is still engaging for those with more background."
—MAA Reviews, March 2009

"All in all, this work offers an excellent account of art inspired by mathematics and art generated by mathematics, and it should interest readers in both fields. Summing Up: Highly Recommended."
– R.M. Davis, emeritus, Albion College, in Choice: Current Review for Academic Libraries, February 2009, Vol. 46, No. 6