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 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 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 well-known Swiss artist whose work is strongly influenced by mathematics.
"A book that stimulates the mind as well as the eye."--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
"[Beautiful Geometry] achieves its aim to demonstrate that there is visual beauty in Mathematics. I heartily recommend it."--LSE Review of Books
"The explanations are clear, and cover the background to the paintings in a manner that will be appreciated by readers whatever their level of mathematical knowledge. . . . Anyone with any interest in visual mathematics will love this book."--Times Higher Education
"A good-looking, large-format book suitable for the coffee table, but with lots of mathematical ideas packed in among the colorful illustrations. . . . [A] handsome book for browsing and for some deep thought, and would be a superb gift for anyone (especially a young person) who has interest in mathematics."--Rob Hardy, Columbus Dispatch
"It is a handsome book for browsing and for some deep thought, and would be a superb gift for anyone (especially a young person) who has interest in mathematics."--Rob Hardy, Dispatch
Table of Contents:
1.Thales of Miletus 1
2.Triangles of Equal Area 3
4.Perfect Numbers and Triangular Numbers 9
5.The Pythagorean Theorem I
Other Princeton books authored or coauthored by Eli Maor: