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Aesthetics of Interdisciplinarity: Art and Mathematics

  • Kristóf Fenyvesi
  • Tuuli Lähdesmäki
  • Selection of articles based on their interdisciplinary nature and their accessibility for a wider scientific audience

  • Requires no academic background or other special expertise in either mathematics or in culture studies to understand the argumentation

  • Introduction for artists, art and culture historians, philosophers, mathematicians, and students and teachers interested in the relations between mathematics and art

  • Serves educational purposes


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Tuuli Lähdesmäki, Kristóf Fenyvesi
    Pages 1-25
  3. Bridging Art and Mathematics: Concepts, Theories, and Philosophies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Mark Daniel Cohen
      Pages 29-43
    3. Sirkkaliisa Usvamaa-Routila
      Pages 45-62
  4. Studying Mathematical Principles of Composition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Doris Schattschneider
      Pages 105-118
    3. Dorothy K. Washburn, Donald W. Crowe
      Pages 165-180
  5. Cultural Meanings of Geometric Composition, Structure, and Form

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
  6. Geometry, Mathematics, and Science in Artistic Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 233-233
    2. István Orosz
      Pages 235-248

About this book


This anthology fosters an interdisciplinary dialogue between the mathematical and artistic approaches in the field where mathematical and artistic thinking and practice merge. The articles included highlight the most significant current ideas and phenomena, providing a multifaceted and extensive snapshot of the field and indicating how interdisciplinary approaches are applied in the research of various cultural and artistic phenomena. The discussions are related, for example, to the fields of aesthetics, anthropology, art history, art theory, artistic practice, cultural studies, ethno-mathematics, geometry, mathematics, new physics, philosophy, physics, study of visual illusions, and symmetry studies. Further, the book introduces a new concept: the interdisciplinary aesthetics of mathematical art, which the editors use to explain the manifold nature of the aesthetic principles intertwined in these discussions.


aesthetics art culture interdisciplinary mathematics

Editors and affiliations

  • Kristóf Fenyvesi
    • 1
  • Tuuli Lähdesmäki
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Music, Art and Culture StudiesUniversity of JyväskyläJyväskyläFinland

About the editors

Kristóf Fenyvesi, PhD (b. 1979) – is a researcher of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) Trans- and Multidisciplinary Learning and Contemporary Cultural Studies in Finland, at University of Jyväskylä’s Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies. He is the Vice-President of the world largest mathematics, arts and education community, the Bridges Organization ( and founding director of Experience Workshop International Math-Art Movement (

Tuuli Lähdesmäki (PhD, DSocSc) is Academy of Finland Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor in Art History at the Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Lähdesmäki has worked in several interdisciplinary research projects that combine e.g., art history, cultural studies, reception studies, sociology, and cultural policy research. Lähdesmäki’s current research projects are funded by the Academy of Finland and the European Resea

rch Council.

Bibliographic information


Aesthetics of Interdisciplinarity: Art and Mathematics is a useful collection of essays similar to those that appeared in the proceedings of Bridges conferences. … This book should be useful for students and researchers with an interest in the connections between art and mathematics. It could provide the basis for independent studies with such students. Additionally, the book could serve as a catalyst for dialogue between mathematicians, philosophers, and artists. (Joel Haack, MAA Reviews, April, 2018)