Imagine Math 6

Between Culture and Mathematics

  • Michele Emmer
  • Marco Abate

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Michele Emmer
    Pages 1-2
  3. Homage to Zaha Hadid

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 3-3
    2. Gianluca Racana
      Pages 5-26
  4. Mathematics & Media

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Osmo Pekonen
      Pages 63-74
  5. Mathematics & Music

  6. Mathematics & Applications

  7. Visual Mathematics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Giordano Bruno, Massimo Ciafrei
      Pages 151-170
    3. Alfio Quarteroni, Christian Vergara, Mikel Landajuela
      Pages 171-177
    4. Gian Marco Todesco
      Pages 179-193
  8. Mathematics & Art

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
    2. Aldo Brigaglia, Nicla Palladino, Maria Alessandra Vaccaro
      Pages 197-211
    3. Cornelie Leopold
      Pages 213-223
    4. Vincent Moncorgé
      Pages 225-245
  9. Mathematics & Physics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 247-247
  10. Mathematics & Literature

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 267-267
    2. Michele Emmer
      Pages 269-279
    3. Paola Magnaghi-Delfino, Tullia Norando
      Pages 281-290
    4. Riccardo Schiavi
      Pages 291-301
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 327-327

About this book


Imagine mathematics, imagine with the help of mathematics, imagine new worlds, new geometries, new forms. Imagine building mathematical models that make it possible to manage our world better, imagine combining music, art, poetry, literature, architecture and cinema with mathematics. Imagine the unpredictable and sometimes counterintuitive applications of mathematics in all areas of human endeavour. Imagination and mathematics, imagination and culture, culture and mathematics.

This sixth volume in the series begins with a homage to the architect Zaha Hadid, who died on March 31st, 2016, a few weeks before the opening of a large exhibition of  her works in Palazzo Franchetti in Venice, where all the Mathematics and Culture conferences have taken place in the last years. A large section of the book is dedicated to literature, narrative and mathematics including a contribution from Simon Singh. It discusses the role of media in mathematics, including museums of science, journals and movies. Mathematics and applications, including blood circulation and preventing crimes using earthquakes, is also addressed, while a section on mathematics and art examines the role of math in design. A large selection presents photos of mathematicians and mathematical objects by Vincent Moncorge.

Discussing all topics in a way that is rigorous but captivating, detailed but full of evocations, it offers an all-embracing look at the world of mathematics and culture.


Applications of Mathematics Art Music Cinema Medicine Computer Graphics

Editors and affiliations

  • Michele Emmer
    • 1
  • Marco Abate
    • 2
  1. 1.RomaItaly
  2. 2.Mathematics DepartmentUniversity of Pisa PisaItaly

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