Course Details

945: Mathematics in Art

February 7-10
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM

This course will explore the role of mathematics in art: the way mathematics appears in art, some branches of mathematics that have inspired or informed artists, and the use of mathematical tools to analyze art. The artists discussed will include Durer, Picasso, Mondrian, Pollock, and Dali. There will be a discussion of magic squares and a description of a mathematical walk from Foggy Bottom to the Smithsonian Mall, musing about the mathematical aspects of various art and artifacts along the way. This study group has a high class size capacity.

Class Type: Lecture

Class Format: Online

Hours of Reading: No reading

Study Group Leader(s):

Graham Atkinson

Graham Atkinson has a bachelor's degree in mathematics from St. Andrews University (Scotland) and a doctorate in mathematics from Oxford University (England). He has taught OLLI courses on mathematics (Mathematics in Fiction and Mathematics Elsewhere) and on the ancient Maya language and culture.