April 08, 2004
Divers Types de Points Coniques

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Did you know this? "Beginning in the late 18th century, some mathematicians and scientists began to produce models of mathematical surfaces in space. This model building reached it height in the mid-to-late 19th century..." Poincaré may have been one of the masters; in the 1930s Man Ray made a series of photographs of Poincaré's mathematical objects. (The photograph above is for sale at Sotheby's later this month.) A student -- of math, I assume -- named Angela Vierling has done us the favor of making a page about mathematical models -- and another one about mathematical models in modern art. A side track led me to some eddy in Stephen Wolfram's tide of wisdom, visualizations of Riemann Surfaces of Functions with Complicated Branch Cuts.

Posted by dbrown at April 08, 2004 10:12 PM
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