Math and Art!

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Math and Art!

Math and Art!

This is a way to talk about the correlation between math and art. For example, how a golden rectangle is pleasing to the eye? 

submitted by Golden Lion Tamarin
(May 11, 2023 - 10:30 am)

I think the golden rectangle is super interesting! Did you know that the golden rectangle can be found in  the parthenon? The golden spiral can be found all over nature too. And the fibbonacci (I definetely spelled that wrong) sequence can be found in the way plant leaves space themselves. You can use math in music too; there's a person online called Vi Hart who's mostly a mathmatician but also a "mathmusician" sometimes, where she does math-related music. And I dunno if the impossible triangle counts, but I doodle it all the time when I'm bored.

Oh! And also, have you heard of the Desmos Art Contest? It's really cool, where you use a graphing calculator to make art. I've entered it in the past but my peice wasn't very good.


submitted by Scuttles
(May 11, 2023 - 11:22 am)

Actually, most buildings you can find are in the shape of a golden rectangle for asthetic purposes :)

The impossible triangle is super cool! Really, it is just a bunch of sticks in every dimension connected together, then rotated so that it looks like a triangle. It is just impossible.

Have you heard of the Peano curve? It's a curve that can fill 2d space even though it's 1d (!) and it has some really interesting asthetic properties given that it goes from one region to the next, one by one (though I think that y=lim_{n=∞} sin(nx) also works, think of just a zigzag line that is super tight).

Also the sine function is really cool! If you go into calculus you will find that the area of one arch of a sine curve (think a dome) is actually just 2 for sin(x). Cool, right?

submitted by Golden Lion Tamarin
(May 11, 2023 - 12:08 pm)

I really want to see your Desmos submission now~

submitted by Hex
(May 11, 2023 - 12:29 pm)

@GLT - I looked up the peano curve and it seems really cool! I'll have to research it more, the possibilites for using it in art seem interesting. I haven't learned much about sine waves yet but I know enough to understand that! I didn't know that before, I think it's cool!

@Hex -  I don't think the admins would appreciate me sharing a link, so you won't be able to see the animation, but I can send a screenshot of the Desmos art I made. It's supposed to be a dino chicken nugget... I guess it sorta looks like it's supposed to.

Screenshot 2023-05-12 at 09-42-33 Desmos Graphing Calculator.png
submitted by Scuttles
(May 12, 2023 - 8:46 am)

It's really interesting to think about how math influences art -- and vice versa! The golden ratio is fascinating -- it's really cool to think about how it's influenced different works of art and architecture throughout history! Even things like symmetry, perspective, composition, and proportion, which are all essential to art, wouldn't be possible without math. Leonardo da Vinci, for instance, used his knowledge of mathematics to create many of his works -- most famously, perhaps, the Vitruvian Man. 

The impossible triange and other optical illusions are also really cool! And the Desmos Art Contest is another cool thing to check out :D

submitted by pangolin, age she | they, Outskirts of the Galaxy
(May 11, 2023 - 1:11 pm)

What's your favorite shape? Mine is the ellipse (or oval). It's like a squashed circle, and has two axes (I'm pretty sure you can guess where they are). The area of an ellipse is A=πab, where a and b are the two axes (that span half, not the full, width and length of the ellipse).

submitted by Golden Lion Tamarin
(May 11, 2023 - 6:40 pm)

I like hexagons. Hexagons are the bestagons.

submitted by Scuttles
(May 12, 2023 - 8:47 am)