Imagine Math

Between Culture and Mathematics

  • Michele Emmer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction

    1. Michele Emmer
      Pages 1-1
  3. Homage to Benoît Mandelbrot

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 3-3
    2. Michele Emmer
      Pages 5-11
  4. Venice and “La Fenice”

  5. Homage to Andrea Pozzo

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Marco Costamagna
      Pages 57-70
  6. Homage to Hypatia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Michael A. B. Deakin
      Pages 73-81
    3. Massimo Vincenzi
      Pages 91-102
  7. Mathematics and Art

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Isabeau Birindelli, Renata Cedrone
      Pages 105-115
  8. Mathematics and Literature

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Dario Benedetto, Emanuele Caglioti, Mirko Degli Esposti
      Pages 143-154
    3. William Goldbloom Bloch
      Pages 155-165
  9. Mathematics and Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Marco Abate
      Pages 169-174
    3. Emilio De Santis, Fabio Spizzichino
      Pages 175-185
    4. Marco Li Calzi
      Pages 187-196
    5. Gian Marco Todesco
      Pages 197-208
  10. Mathematics and Medicine

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 209-209
    2. Jean Bonnemain, Simone Deparis, Alfio Quarteroni
      Pages 211-224
  11. Mathematics Elsewhere

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Paolo Marcellini, Emanuele Paolini
      Pages 241-250
  12. Mathematics and Film

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 251-251
    2. Edouard Blondeau
      Pages 253-258
    3. Michele Emmer
      Pages 259-264
  13. Homage to Luca Pacioli

  14. Mathematics and Music

About this book


Imagine mathematics, imagine with the help of mathematics, imagine new worlds, new geometries, new forms.  This book is intended to contribute to grasping how much that is interesting and new is happening in the relationships between mathematics, imagination and culture. With a look at the past, at figures and events, that help to understand the phenomena of today.

It is no coincidence that this volume contains an homage to the great Italian artist of the 1700s, Andrea Pozzo, and his perspective views. Theatre, art and architecture are the topics of choice, along with music, literature and cinema. No less important are applications of mathematics to medicine and economics.

The treatment is rigorous but captivating, detailed but full of evocations, an all-embracing look at the world of mathematics and culture



Architecture Art Culture Literature Mathematics

Editors and affiliations

  • Michele Emmer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsSapienza University of RomeItaly

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