If you've ever thought that mathematics and art don't mix, this stunning visual history of geometry will change your mind. As much a work of art as a book about mathematics, Beautiful Geometry presents more than sixty exquisite color plates illustrating a wide range of geometric patterns and theorems, accompanied by brief accounts of the fascinating history and people behind each. With artwork by Swiss artist Eugen Jost and text by acclaimed math historian Eli Maor, this unique celebration of geometry covers numerous subjects, from straightedge-and-compass constructions to intriguing configurations involving infinity. The result is a delightful and informative illustrated tour through the 2,500-year-old history of one of the most important and beautiful branches of mathematics.
Eli Maor is the author of To Infinity and Beyond, e: The Story of a Number, Trigonometric Delights, Venus in Transit, and The Pythagorean Theorem: A 4,000-Year History (all Princeton), and has taught the history of mathematics at Loyola University Chicago. Eugen Jost is a Swiss artist whose work is strongly influenced by mathematics.
"Mathematicians sometimes compare well-constructed equations to works of art. To them, patterns in numbers hold a beauty at least equal to that found in any sonnet or sculpture. In this book, Maor, a math historian, teams with Jost, an artist, to reveal some of that mathematical majesty using jewel-like visualizations of classic geometric theorems. . . . The result is a book that stimulates the mind as well as the eye."--Lee Billings, Scientific American
"The combination of art and exposition was quite effective. The writing is accessible to most reasonably well-educated laypeople, and I imagine that many such people would derive considerable pleasure dipping into this attractive and interesting book."--Mark Hunacek, MAA Reviews
"Eli Maor's lively writing benefits in equal parts from the geometry of ancient Greece and the eye-popping images conjured by artist Eugen Jost."--Bill Cannon, Scientist's Bookshelf
"Graphic illustrations serve as both beautiful abstract art and helpful explanations in this overview of geometric theorems and patterns."--Science News
"Mathematicians always claim their subject is beautiful. Eli Maor and Eugen Jost prove it. This is geometry as you've never seen it before. A feast for the eyes."--Ian Stewart, author of Visions of Infinity
"This book shows that math is more than theorems and proofs--it is full of history, philosophy, and glimpses of different cultures. I was immediately attracted by the book's intriguing and beautiful illustrations, and once I started reading the text, I could not stop following its fascinating stories about the origins of geometrical theorems."--Carlo H. Séquin, University of California, Berkeley
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Other Princeton books authored or coauthored by Eli Maor: