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
"[The book] achieves its aim to demonstrate that there is visual beauty in Mathematics. I heartily recommend it for anyone to at least page it through, and for anyone interested in geometry to read, especially mathematics students who want to broaden their horizons and teachers of mathematics at school level."--Konrad Swanepoel, LSE Review of Books
"[A] book where art and mathematics are in perfect harmony. . . . [A]nyone with any interest in visual mathematics will love this book, which, given the quality of the reproductions, is very attractively priced. It will inspire interest in a wide variety of mathematics, and should be a compulsory purchase for sixth-form libraries."--Tony Mann, Times Higher Education
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: