On July 6th, I gave a talk in the Math Encounters series for the Museum of Mathematics. If you were at the talk, welcome! Whether or not you were there, you can find information below relating to the talk, to mathematical models, and to modern art. If you want to watch the Prezi from the 6th, here it is.
For more information about mathematical models, you can start with the paper Mathematical Models and Modern Art: Bridges 2010. You can also see the website that I maintain about mathematical models, which includes a report I wrote on the models in the MIT collection .
If you would like to see some models yourself, take a look at the list of collections that I have found (and if you know of a collection not on this list, please let me know). Several of the collections have online catalogs so that you can see some models, even if you can’t travel to them.
It is also increasingly possible to find old catalogs of models digitized, for instance:
- Napier Tercentenary Exhibition catalog (this catalog includes calculating machines and many other items in addition to models)
- Walter Dyck’s Katalog mathematischer und mathematisch-physikalischer Modelle (in German)
Recently, the blog hyperbolic crochet had a post about mathematical models at the Poincare Institute in Paris.
Artists and Art
You can find a copy of a portion of Naum Gabo and Antoine Pevsner’s Realistic Manifesto here (and included is audio of Gabo reading the full text).
Apparently Marcel Duchamp was into anaglyphs, and read Vuibert’s book on creating geometric anaglyphs, which can be found here. Anaglyphs provide another method of visualizing 3-dimensional mathematics (and one not as expensive or cumbersome as physical models, although missing their physicality as well). And speaking of Duchamp, there was a symposium at Harvard about connections between Duchamp and Poincaré back in 1999 and interesting information from the conference can still be found through this link.
Hiroshi Sugimoto did a series of photographs of mathematical models at the University of Tokyo. Some of these were printed in New York Times Magazine and can still be found online. There is also more information about these Sugimoto works here.
Let me know if there is anything more you want to know about these wonderful models or their encounter with the world of art (or mathematics and art in general)!