## The strange quest: Mathematics as Concrete Art

Is mathematics just a giant piece of constructive art?

Vain attempts to construct order

Is mathematics just a giant piece of constructive art?

Curves and surfaces are a wonderful visual representation of mathematics. They can move from the simple and profound to the complex and intriguing. They have even been accused of being part of a sinister plot. In addition the mathematics behind them is becoming increasingly useful in many areas, algebraic statistics for example.

I recently received my copy of the wonderful The Princeton Companion to Mathematics. In the title of this piece, I could not help making the obvious joke, as the editor Tim Gowers also… Continue reading

There is a theory that one can have too much freedom, at least in art. With constraints the imagination is forced to work harder, and might achieve an elegance and beauty unobtainable when… Continue reading