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1. Introduction
2. Mathematical tools for artists
3. Symmetry
4. Mathematical artists and artist mathematicians
5. Polyhedra, tilings, and dissections
6. Origami
7. References

Mathematics and Art

1. Introduction

Squirrels, rabbits and birds are not artists. However, humans may admire a bird's nest as being
a "work of art," and may find the patterns in the snow made by squirrel or rabbit tracks
pleasing. Yet, the shape of a bird's nest may indeed be a form of communication for birds, just
as "art" is a form of communication for humans. What constitutes art is a very complex and
hotly debated subject. When Jackson Pollock first experimented with expressing himself by
flinging paint at a canvas, many saw his activity as a form of self-indulgence rather than art.
As another example, some people collect maps and some of these maps are art, but not all
maps are art.

April is Mathematics Awareness Month, and this year's theme is Mathematics and Art. There
are, in fact, many arts (music, dance, painting, architecture, sculpture, etc.) and there is a
surprisingly rich association between mathematics and each of the arts. My goal here is to
give some pointers concerning these many connections.

One mathematical connection with art is that some individuals known as artists have needed
to develop or use mathematical thinking to carry out their artistic vision. Among such artists
were Luca Pacioli (c. 1145-1514), Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), Albrecht Drer (1471-
1528), and M.C. Escher (1898-1972). Another connection is that some mathematicians have
become artists, often while pursuing their mathematics.

Mathematicians commonly talk about beautiful theorems and beautiful proofs of theorems.
They also often have emotional reactions to proofs or theorems. There are nifty proofs of
"dull" mathematical facts and "unsatisfying" proofs of "nifty" theorems. Artists and art critics
also talk about beauty. Does art have to be beautiful? Francis Bacon's paintings may or may
not be beautiful to everyone, yet there are few people who have no reaction to his work. Art is
concerned with communication of emotions as well as beauty. Some people may see little
emotional content in many of M.C. Escher's prints but it's hard not to be "impressed" by the
patterns he created. Some find Escher's prints beautiful but with a different beauty from the
great works of Rembrandt. Like art itself, the issues of beauty, communication, and emotions
are complex subjects, but then so is mathematics.

Joseph Malkevitch
York College (CUNY)
Email: malkevitch@york.cuny.edu
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2. Mathematical tools for artists

Art is born of the attempt by humans to express themselves about the experience of life. Art
can take the form of writing, painting, and sculpture, as well as a variety of other forms of
expression. There is art in the combining of function and aesthetics in such everyday objects
as plates, cutlery, and lamps. Mathematicians have been able to assist artists by creating
"tools" of various kinds for them. Such tools sometimes consist of theorems which show the
limitations of what artists can do. One can not attempt to represent more than 5 regular
convex polyhedra in Euclidean 3-dimensional space because mathematics shows there are
only 5 such regular solids. Dodecahedra can be used to put one month of a calendar on each
face but the number of faces of a regular convex polyhedron in Euclidean 3-space is 4, 6, 8,
12, or 20. There can be no others.

A much more important issue is the realism with which artists can draw on a flat piece of
paper what they perceive when they look out at their 3-dimensional world. If one looks at
attempts at scene representation in Egyptian and Mesopotamian art, one sees that phenomena
that are associated with the human vision system are not always respected. We are all familiar
with the fact that objects that are far away from us appear smaller than they actually are and
that lines which are parallel appear to converge in the distance. These features, which are a
standard part of the way that 3-dimensional objects are now usually represented on a planar
surface, were not fully understood before the Renaissance. It is common to refer to artists as
using "perspective" (or "linear perspective") to increase the realism of their representations.
The issues and ideas involved in understanding perspective are quite subtle and evolved over
a long time.

The interaction between scholars and practitioners with regard to ideas about perspective
parallels the interactions between theory and application that goes on in all the arenas where
mathematical ideas are put to work. An artist may want to solve a problem better than he or
she did in the past and will not always be concerned with the niceties of proving that the
technique used always works or has the properties that the artist wants. An analogy for a more
modern situation is that if the current system used to route email packets takes on average 7.2
units of time and one discovers a way of doing the routing in 6.5 units of time on average, one
may not worry that one can prove that the very best system would do the job in 6.487 units of
time.

Questions about perspective are very much in the spirit of mathematical modeling questions,
since in the usual approach one is concerned with the issue of the perception of, say, a scene
in 3-dimensional space on a flat canvas under the assumption that the scene is being viewed
by a "single point eye." Yet, we all know that humans are endowed with binocular vision! We
are attacking such binocular vision questions today, because we have the mathematical tools
to take such questions on, while the artist/mathematicians of the past had to content
themselves with simpler approaches.

A variety of people whose names are known to mathematicians (but perhaps not to the general
public) have contributed to a theory of perspective. Though every calculus student knows the
name of Brook Taylor (1685-1731)
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for his work on power series, how many mathematicians know that Taylor wrote on the
theory of linear perspective? On the other hand every art historian will recognize the name of
Piero della Francesca (c. 1412-1492), yet how many of these art historians (or
mathematicians) will be familiar with his contribution to mathematics? Similarly, Girard
Desargues (1591-1661) is a well known name to geometers for his work on projective
geometry (in plane projective geometry there are no parallel lines), but few people involved
with art are familiar with his work. The diagram below (a portion of a "Desargues
Configuration"), familiar to students of projective geometry, can be thought of as a plane
drawing of an "eye" point viewing triangles which lie in different planes.

Another contributor to the theory of perspective was Johann Lambert, also known for having
produced results which would follow from assuming that Euclid's Fifth Postulate does not
hold. Though perspective is a well-mined area, this does not stop the flow of continued
thoughts on the subject. For those accustomed to work on one-point or two-point perspective,
there is the monograph of D. Termes who treats one- through six-point perspective!

Related to the tool of linear perspective is the branch of geometry known as descriptive
geometry. While descriptive geometry was widely taught in the 19th century, especially in
schools of engineering, the subject is not widely known today. The reason in part is that
computer software makes it possible for people not familiar with descriptive geometry to
perform tasks which make explicit knowledge of it increasingly obsolete. Descriptive
geometry provides a set of procedures for representing 3-dimensional objects in two
dimensions. The 2-dimensional representation might be on either a piece of paper or a
computer screen. These techniques are of great importance to engineers, architects, and
designers. The design of, say, a large aircraft may involve tens of thousands of drawings. The
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roots of the subject lie with people such as Albrecht Drer (1471-1528) and Gaspard Monge
(1746-1818). If an artist, creative designer, sculptor, or architect can not get across his/her
conception of how to manufacture or otherwise assemble a "creative" design, then the work
involved might go unrealized. Descriptive geometry supports both constructive manufacture
and creative design by giving procedures for showing how to represent proposed 3-
dimensional creations on a flat surface.

To give some of the flavor of the issues involved, the diagram below shows in blue how
parallel lines "project a triangle onto a line," while the red lines show how the same triangle is
"projected" from the "eye" onto the same line:

A', B', and C' show where the vertices are moved by "parallel" projection and A'', B'', and C''
show where the vertices are moved by "conical" projection.

Here is a rather cute result which grew out of this interaction between mathematics and the
needs of artists to represent three dimensions on a flat plane. The result is known as Pohlke's
Theorem. Karl Wilhelm Pohlke (1810-1876) was a German painter and teacher of descriptive
geometry at an art school. He formulated this result in 1853, though the first proof seems to be
due to K.H.A. Schwarz (1843-1921) in 1864. The theorem is quoted in various levels of
generality. Here is one version:

Theorem (Pohlke): Given three segments (no two collinear) of specified length (not
necessarily the same) which meet at a point in a plane, there are three equal length line
segments which meet at right angles at a point in 3-dimensional space such that a parallel
projection of these segments maps them onto the three chosen line segments in the plane.

Intuitively, this means that if one wants to draw a cubical box in the plane, one can draw any
triad of lines for a corner of the cube because there is some position of a cube in 3-space
which maps to the given triad. Thus, in the diagram below the triad on the left can be
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completed to form a "cube," and there is some set of three orthogonal segments in 3-space
which can be mapped using parallel projection onto the triad on the left.

Sometimes Pohlke's Theorem is referred to as the Fundamental Theorem of Axonometry.


Axonometry, like descriptive geometry, deals with the problem of drawing 3-dimensional
objects in the plane. Here is a recent item coauthored by Roger Penrose in this spirit.

3. Symmetry

Art critics have evolved a language for discussing and analyzing art. It turns out that some
mathematics can also be useful in analyzing art. Some art or pieces of art consist of things that
are pleasing to the eye because they are symmetrical in a mathematical sense. Although the
study of symmetry has implicitly been done within mathematics for a long time, in some ways
its systematic study is quite recent. It was Felix Klein (1849-1925) who called attention to the
fact that one way of classifying different kinds of geometries is to look at the geometric
transformations in each of these geometries that preserve interesting properties. In particular,
it is of interest in Euclidean, spherical, or Bolyai-Lobachevsky geometry to look at the
geometric transformations that are isometries. An isometry is a transformation that preserves
distance.

Of course, it is important to keep in mind that many of the pieces of art that mathematicians
(and others) analyze using mathematical ideas may not reflect attempts on the part of the
artist to incorporate these mathematical ideas in his/her work. Just as someone who makes a
cubical box may not realize that the cube is a regular polyhedron (one where all the vertices
are alike and where all the faces are congruent regular polygons), a maker of a weaving may
not know anything about isometries. The isometries in the Euclidean plane are translations,
rotations, reflections and glide reflections. Thus, a mathematician may state which isometries
are used in the design of a rug, but that does not mean that the designer of the rug invoked any
mathematical thinking. Social scientists have used symmetry ideas and the conservatism of
the mechanisms of cultural transmission in their studies. Archeologists and anthropologists
have attempted to use symmetry ideas to date artifacts (pottery or fabrics) and to study trade
and patterns of commerce.

A major tool in the analysis of symmetry has been the concept of a group.The group concept
has a rich and complicated history with ties to the study of the theory of equations (attempts to
show that one could not find formulas to solve quintic polynomial equations). By late in the
19th century, group theory was being used as a tool to help crystallographers understand the
symmetry of crystals and other naturally occurring structures. Out of this interest grew the
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work that made possible the classification of tilings and patterns using group theory
considerations.

One can also look at the symmetry of a single motif or ornament. Examples of such motifs
(illustrated from patterns used in batiks) are shown below. Such ornaments typically have
rotational symmetry and/or reflection symmetry.

A more complex pattern such as the one below can be built up from simple motifs. Such
patterns have translational symmetry in one direction. Designs or patterns of this kind are
known as strip, band, or frieze patterns.
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The motifs used to make such frieze patterns may be isolated from one another or coalesce
into a "continuous" geometric design along the strip. If a pattern has translations in two
directions, then the pattern is often referred to as a wallpaper pattern.

Whereas an artist may choose to create a pattern with absolute and strict adherence in all
details to have symmetry in the pattern, this is not all that common for "tribal" artists or
artisans. Thus, if one looks carefully at a rug which at first view looks very symmetrical, it is
common to see that at a more detailed level it is not quite totally symmetric either in the use
of the design or of the colors used in different parts of the design. One can see the small
liberties that are taken either because of the difficulty of making patterns exact by hand or
because the artist wants consciously to make such small variations. In analyzing the symmetry
of such a pattern it probably makes sense to idealize what the artist has done before applying
some mathematical classification of the symmetry involved.

In the patterns shown above no color appears. We have a black design on a white background.
However, in discussing the symmetry of a pattern one can study the symmetry involved if
color is disregarded or by taking color into account. If you look at the batik below from a
symmetry point of view you must idealize (model) what is going on to use mathematics. This
batik is not infinite in either one or two directions. You must decide what colors have been
used and what is the background color.
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Many find it interesting to use mathematics to decide what symmetry pattern is involved for
various interpretations of the whole or parts of a design. E. Fedorov (1859-1919) enumerated
the seventeen 2-dimensional patterns in 1891 in a paper which did not receive wide attention
because it was in Russian. P. Niggli (1888-1953) and G. Polya (1887-1985) developed the
seven 1-dimensional and the seventeen 2-dimensional patterns in the 1920's; it was through
this work that a mathematical approach to the analysis of symmetry patterns became more
widely known. One extension of this work to color symmetry was accomplished by H. Woods
in the 1930's. It turns out that there are 46 two-color types of patterns. Subsequently much
work has been done with regard to studying symmetry in higher-dimensional spaces and using
many colors. Recently Branko Grnbaum and Geoffrey Shephard, in a long series of joint
papers and in their seminal book Tilings and Patterns, explored many extensions and facets of
pattern, tilings, and their symmetries. In particular, Grnbaum and Shephard explored the
interaction between symmetry and the use of a motif. This enabled them, for example, to
develop a "finer" classification of the seven frieze patterns and seventeen wallpaper patterns.
Unfortunately, this work is not as widely known as it should be.

Many people have been instrumental in disseminating mathematical knowledge of symmetry


and pattern to scholars outside of mathematics as well as to the general public. One of the
most influential and early books of this kind was Hermann Weyl (1885-1955)'s book
Symmetry. Also noteworthy among these popularizers are Doris Schattschneider, Branko
Grnbaum, Geoffrey Shephard, Marjorie Senechal, Michele Emmer, H. S. M. Coxeter,
Dorothy Washburn (an anthropologist), Donald Crowe and Kim Williams. These individuals
called attention to the use of symmetry as a tool for insight into various aspects of fabrics,
ethnic designs and culture, architecture, and art, as well as to artists such as Escher whose
work tantalizes people with a mathematical bent.

4. Mathematical artists and artist mathematicians

Not surprisingly, in light of the internal aesthetic qualities of mathematics, many


mathematicians (and computer scientists) have chosen to express themselves not only by
proving theorems but also by producing art. There are many such individuals including
Helaman Ferguson, Nathaniel Friedman (also see this site), George Hart, Koos Verhoeff, and
Michael Field. Complementing these career "mathematicians" who are also artists is a group
of people who are not mathematicians but who have drawn great inspiration from
mathematical phenomena. Some such individuals are Brent Collins, Charles Perry, and Sol
LeWit (here are more samples of his work). As might be expected, there are many architects
whose work has a feeling of having been influenced by "technical capability." Though
perhaps having only a tangential connection with mathematics, the distinguished architect
Frank Gehry has discussed how the availability of CAD (Computer Aided Design) software
has made it possible for him to express himself in a way that would not have otherwise been
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possible. Structural engineering has many ties with mathematics. If you are not familiar with
the work of Santiago Calatrava, you are in for a treat. There have also been attempts of
various kinds to generate art with algorithms. Some of this work is rather interesting.

For the general public, there is one artist whose work, perhaps more than any other, is seen as
having a mathematical quality. This artist was M. C. Escher. The mathematical quality of his
work is apparent even though Escher did not see himself as having mathematical talent. Yet
despite his lack of formal study of mathematics, Escher approached many artistic problems in
a mathematical way. Doris Schattschneider has been instrumental in calling to the public's
attention Escher's work and its relation to mathematics. Escher was influenced by at least one
very distinguished mathematician (geometer), Harold Scott MacDonald Coxeter. Escher
interacted with Coxeter about the difficulties he was having with representing "infinity" in a
finite region. Coxeter responded by showing the connection to tilings of the hyperbolic plane.
Coxeter has explained the details of this mathematical connection. Mathematically active until
his death, Coxeter recently passed away at the age of 96 (an obituary is here). .

5. Polyhedra, tilings, and dissections

Drawing polyhedra was an early testing ground for ideas related to perspective drawing.
Renaissance artists were involved in trying to build on historical references to "Archimedean
polyhedra" which were transmitted via the writings of Pappus. What constituted a complete
set of convex polyhedra with the property that locally every vertex looked like every other
vertex and whose faces were regular polygons, perhaps not all with the same number of sides?
Perhaps surprisingly, no complete reconstruction occurred until the work of Kepler (1571-
1630), who found 13 such solids, even though one can make a case for there being 14 such
solids. (Pappus-Archimedes missed one in ancient times. The modern definition of
Archimedean solids defines them as convex polyhedra which have a symmetry group under
which all the vertices are alike. Using this definition there are 13 solids, but there is little
reason to believe that in ancient Greece geometers were thinking in terms of groups rather
than in terms of local vertex equivalence, that is, the pattern of faces around each vertex being
identical.)

In more modern times polyhedra have inspired artists and mathematicians with an interest in
the arts. Inspired by polyhedra, Stewart Coffin has created a wonderful array of puzzle
designs which require putting together pieces he designed made from rare woods to form
polyhedra. Coffin's puzzles are remarkable for both their ingenuity as puzzles and their
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beauty. This beauty is a reflection of the beauty of the polyhedral objects themselves, but also
the beauty of the rare woods he used to make his puzzles. Coffin showed creativity in
selecting symmetrical variants of well-known polyhedra. Coffin's work, like Escher's, has
been an inspiration to others. Good puzzles engender the same sense of wonder that beautiful
mathematics inspires. George Hart, whose background is in computer science, is an example
of a person who is contributing to the mathematical theory of polyhedra, while at the same
time he uses his skills as a sculptor and artist to create original works inspired by polyhedral
objects.

(Courtesy of George Hart.)

There is a long tradition of making precise models of polyhedra with regularity properties. It
is common at mathematics conferences for geometers to feature a models room where
mathematicians who enjoy building models can display the beauties of geometry in a physical
form. They complement the beauty of such geometric objects in the mind's eye. The beauty of
polyhedral solids in the hands of a skilled model maker results in what are, indeed, works of
art. Magnus Wenninger is the author of several books about model making. His models are
especially beautiful. Here is a small sample, which only hints at the variety of models that
Wenninger has made over many years. His models of "stellated" polyhedra are particularly
striking.
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(Images courtesy of Magnus Wenninger)

A tiling of the plane is a way of filling up the plane without holes or overlaps with shapes of
various kinds. For example, one can tile the plane with congruent copies of any triangle, and,
more surprisingly, with congruent copies of any simple quadrilateral, whether convex or not.
Tilings are closely related to artistic designs one finds on fabrics, rugs, and wallpaper. Though
there were scattered analyses at different ways of tiling the plane that date back to ancient
times, there was surprisingly little in the way of a theory for tilings of the plane as compared
to what was done to understand polyhedra. Kepler did important work on tilings, but from his
time until the late 19th century relatively little work was done. Unfortunately, not only was
work on tilings sporadic but often it was incomplete or misleading. The publication of the
monumental book by Branko Grnbaum and Geoffrey Shephard, Tilings and Patterns,
changed this. Many new tiling problems were addressed and solved and a variety of software
tools for creating tilings (and polyhedra and playing games) of different kinds were
developed. Daniel Huson and Olaf Fredrichs (RepTiles) and Kevin Lee (Tesselmania)
developed very nice tiling programs but some of the locations where this software used to be
available are no longer supported.

A more recent source of art inspired by mathematics has been related to dissections. A good
starting place for the ideas here is the remarkable theorem known as the Bolyai-Gerwien-
Wallace Theorem. It states that two (simple) polygons A and B in the plane have the same
area if and only if it is possible to cut one of the polygons up into a finite number of pieces
and assemble the pieces to form the other polygon. In one direction this result is straight
forward: if one has cut polygon A into pieces which will assemble to form polygon B, then
B's area is the same as A's area. The delightful surprise is that if A and B have the same area
then one can cut up A into finitely many pieces and reassemble the pieces to get B. Where
does the art come in? Given two polygons with the same area, one can ask for two extensions
of the Bolyai-Gerwien-Wallace Theorem:

a. Find the smallest number of pieces into which A can be cut and reassembled to form B.

b. Find pieces with appealing properties into which A can be cut and reassembled to from B.
These properties might be that all the pieces are congruent, similar, or have edges which are
related by some appealing geometric transformation.

Greg Frederickson has collected together a large amount of material about how polygons of
one shape can be dissected into other polygons of the same area. These dissections
concentrate on dissections of regular polygons (which may be convex or "star-shaped") into
other regular polygons. One might expect that the mathematical regularity of the objects leads
to aesthetic solutions. This turns out to be the case.
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Frederickson also describes how with a suitable mechanism, one can address how to attach
the pieces from one polygon and move them so that they create the other polygon. These
dissections are known as hinged dissections. The first way that comes to mind to hinge the
pieces is to attach the pieces at their vertices. There are lovely examples of hinged dissections
of this kind including ones that prove the Pythagorean theorem geometrically by showing how
one can cut the squares on the two legs of a right triangle and assemble the pieces to form the
square on the hypotenuse. However, there is another ingenious way to do the hinging. This
involves hinging the edges so that the polygons that are joined along these two edges can
rotate with respect to one another. This type of hinging is known as twist-hinging.
Frederickson arranged for several very attractive hinged dissections to be realized physically
with polygonal sections of the dissection involved to be made of beautiful woods. For their
beauty these physical models draw heavily on the mathematics behind the dissections. For
example, in one of the physically realized hinged dissections commissioned by Frederickson,
a regular hexagon with a hole is twist-hinge dissected into a hexagram with a hole of the same
area.

(Used with the permission of Greg Frederickson)

The mathematics behind this process is a way to dissect a hexagon with a hole into a
hexagram with a hole. Based on this dissection Frederickson cleverly produced a hinge-twist
dissection. This very attractive object is not very interesting as a puzzle but creates a lovely
effect as one watches the unexpected transformation between the two shapes evolve as one
manipulates the twist-hinged pieces.

6. Origami

Traditional origami was concerned with taking a single piece of paper and folding it into
complex shapes, typically that of an animal or something representational. However, Tomoko
Fus revolutionized the world of origami from a mathematical perspective by popularizing
"modular" origami. In modular origami one typically starts with congruent pieces of paper
(usually squares) and folds each of these into identical "units." These units are then "woven"
together to form highly symmetrical objects such as polyhedra, tilings, or boxes. By using
appropriate colors, one can often construct very attractive paper models of a wide variety of
polyhedra and tilings with attractive symmetry properties. The creativity involved in unit
origami lies in the ingenious panels that have been developed and the way that the panels can
be assembled. Fus's books appear in the "art section" of book stores. Interestingly, for people
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with some experience in origami, those of Fus's books which have not been translated into
English still can be used because of the universality of the instruction system for folding
origami (e.g. symbols for mountain folds, valley folds, etc.).

Parallel with the artistic aspects of origami constructions has been the development of a
mathematical theory of origami. This has taken a variety of approaches. The elaborate
mathematical theory of what plane figures can be drawn using the traditional Euclidean
construction tools of straight edge (unmarked ruler) and compass has an origami companion.
What are the shapes that can be constructed using various rules (axioms) concerning the
folding of paper? Thomas Hull, Erik Demaine and others have also studied issues related to
folding and origami. A major area of interest has been the study of the crease patterns (system
of lines on the paper) which can be folded "flat." The mathematics needed involves ideas and
methods somewhat different from what was done in the past in attempting to understand how
a piece of a plane (a square of origami paper) could be transformed by a geometric
transformation, because at the end of the transformation parts of the origami paper touch each
other, though they do not interpenetrate other parts of the paper.

Here is an example of a spectacular proven result in this area. Suppose that after having
folded a piece of paper flat, one is allowed to make one cut along a straight line with the goal
of taking the pieces that are cut off and opening them up. What shaped pieces are possible in
this way? The surprising answer is: Any graph consisting of vertices and straight line
segments that can be drawn in the plane is possible! For example, one could cut out the shape
of something prosaic like the letter "I" or the outline of a butterfly. This result was originally
developed by Erik Demaine, Martin Demaine, and Anna Lubiw. Subsequently a different
approach to the result was developed by Marshall Bern, Erik Demaine, David Eppstein, and
Barry Hayes.

One can make many different kinds of polyhedral objects using modular origami. Here is a
sample of origami models of Helena Verrill:

(Models used with Helena Verrill's permission)

Origami models of polyhedra use approaches where the panels become the faces of the
polyhedra, so that the challenge becomes producing panels with different numbers of sides
with the same edge lengths. One can also produce polyhedra which are "pyramided." By this I
mean that the solids represent convex polyhedra with pyramids erected on each face. (Those
are not stellations in the usual sense that geometers use this term.) Other polyhedra like these
emphasize the edges of the polyhedron and in essence serve as rigid rod models for the
polyhedra. They resemble Leonardo da Vinci's drawings that demonstrated emerging
techniques of drawing polyhedra in perspective.
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In addition to being beautiful objects, many of the polyhedra that can be created using origami
paper suggest mathematical questions of interest. Here is a simple example: One can make a
cube out of six unit origami pieces. If these six pieces are all the same color, then one can
make only one "type" of colored cube. Suppose that one has three panels of one color and
three panels of another color. How many inequivalent cubes can one make?

The diagram below shows an origami construction based on ideas of Thomas Hull and folded
by Joe Gilardi. At the mathematical level is a nested collection of tetrahedra folded from
dollar bills. Many also see a work of art!

(Used with the permission of Joe Gilardi)

In the discussions above I have charted the tip of the iceberg of the connections between
mathematics and art. These connections are good for both mathematics and art. Clearly,
interest in the connections between mathematics and art will continue to grow and prosper.

7. References

The literature connecting art and mathematics is especially scattered and varied. What is listed
here is meant only as a small sample of what is available.

Abas, S. and A. Salman, Symmetries of Islamic Geometrical Patterns, World Scientific,


Singapore, 1995.

Anderson, K., Brook Taylor's Role in the History of Linear Perspective, Springer-Verlag,
New York, 1992.
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Auckly, D. and J. Cleveland, Totally real origami and impossible paper folding, Amer. Math.
Monthly (1995) 215-226.

Bangay, S., From virtual to physical reality with paper folding, Computational Geometry, 15
(2000) 161-174.

Bartashi, W., Linear Perspective, Van Nostrand, New York, 1981.

Berne, M. and B. Hayes, The complexity of flat origami, In Proc. 7th ACM-SIAM
Symposium on Discrete Algorithms, 1996, 175-183.

Bixler, N., A group theoretic analysis of symmetry in two-dimensional patterns from Islamic
art, Ph. D. Thesis, New York University, 1980.

Boehm, W. and H. Prautzsch, Geometric concepts for Geometric Design, A. K. Peters,


Wellesley, 1994.

Booker, P., A History of Engineering Drawing, Chatto & Windus, London, 1963.

Bool, F. and B. Ernst, J. Kist, J. Locher, F. Wierda, M.C. Escher, His Life and Complete
Graphic Work, Harry Abrams, New York, 1982.

Botermans, J. and J. Slocum, Puzzles Old and New; University of Washington Press, Seattle,
1986.

Bourgoin, J., Arabic Geometrical Pattern & Design, Dover, New York, 1973.

Coffin, S., The Puzzling World of Polyhedral Dissections, Oxford U. Press, New York, 1990.

Coxeter, H. et al., (eds.), M.C. Escher: Art and Science, North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1986.

Crannell, A. and M. Frantz, A course in mathematics and art, J. of Geoscience Education, 48


(2000) 313-316.

Cromwell, P., Polyhedra, Cambridge U. Press, London, 1997.

Crowe, D., The geometry of African art, I. Bakuba art, Journal of Geometry 1 (1971) 169-
182.

Crowe, D., The geometry of African art, II. A catalog of Benin patterns, Historia Mathematica
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