Mathematics and Culture V

Editors: Emmer, Michele (Ed.)

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This volume of the "Mathematics and Culture" series is dedicated to Italian artist Armando Pizzicato. The work of Pollock is also discussed, thanks to the collaboration of the Venice Guggenheim Collection. Mathematics creates beauty in architecture, from topology to the projects of Gehry and Piano to the muqarnas of Islam. The fourth dimension is made visible in these pages.

But mathematics can save lives as well. Mathematical models can fight against cancer and AIDS, prevent their spread and intervene in their cure.

Mathematics can also be used to protect the environment. In the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, the discussion of the use of mathematical models in meteorology and the prediction of storms is particularly timely. This volume wouldn't be complete without Venice and its glass, the fantastic collection of murrine of Giovanni Sarpellon.

There is even a bit of magic, thanks to Bustric. And finally, an homage to a great mathematician: H.S.M. "Donald" Coxeter.

About the authors

Michele Emmer is professor of Mathematics at the University of Rome "La Sapienza". As a filmaker he has realized several videos in the series "Art and math", including the one on M.C. Escher. He is editor of the series "Mathematics and Culture", Springer, and "The Visual Mind", MIT press; he is author of a book coauthored by D. Schattschneider "M.C. Escher's Legacy", Springer, and author of "Mathland: from Flatland to Hypersufaces", Birkhäuser. He is one of the editors of the VideoMath series by Springer.

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"The series collects together the proceedings of an annual conference on Mathematics and Culture held in Italy. … and they are well written. … There are … some very interesting pieces on some themes, and these will be of interest and use to those who wish to read about those particular themes. For this purpose, the books should be available at mathematical public libraries." (Gizem Karaali, MathDL, May, 2007)


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mathematics and Culture V
Editors
  • Michele Emmer
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-34277-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 269
Additional Information
Original Italian Edition published by Springer-Verlag Italia, Milano, 2005
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