Geometry: The Mathematics of Art

In the first half of the year we turn our attention to the relationship between mathematics and art. We look at the discovery of the rules of perspective and the mathematics behind them. 

This is followed by a lecture on beauty and symmetry in art. Are “beautiful” shapes mathematically different from “ugly” shapes? 

The third lecture is on proportion and ratio in nature, art, design and architecture.  

The second half of the year focuses on beautiful mathematical curves. 

There are lectures on conic sections (parabolas, ellipses and hyperbolas), the cycloid and the associated tautochrone and brachistochrone problem, and finally the sine curve, discussing some of their many properties and applications.

Future Lectures In This Series
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The Maths of Perspective in Art

Professor Sarah Hart
Monday, 18 October 2021 - 1:00PM
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The Maths of Beauty and Symmetry

Professor Sarah Hart
Monday, 22 November 2021 - 1:00PM
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The Maths of Proportion in Art, Design and Nature

Professor Sarah Hart
Monday, 7 February 2022 - 1:00PM
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The Beauty of Geometrical Curves

Professor Sarah Hart
Monday, 14 March 2022 - 1:00PM
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The Surprising Uses of Conic Sections

Professor Sarah Hart
Monday, 25 April 2022 - 1:00PM
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The Incredible Sine Wave and its Uses

Professor Sarah Hart
Monday, 23 May 2022 - 1:00PM