'Don't Make Me Do This!' The Equations Screamed
http://www.georgehart.com/sculpture/sculpture.html There are many others on the web; in fact, there's even a journal devoted to this, the Journal of Mathematics and the Arts.
Reader: For a great documentary about artists & scientists working on folding problems (e.g., DNA folding), I highly recommend "Between the Folds." Eric Joisel is one of the artists.
Mr. Krulwich: FWIW, re: your comment "You can torture numbers into very unmathematical contortions," you shouldn't confuse numbers & literals (e.g., variables, unknowns). Literals are essential to the expressions, equations & inequalities above, and the idea that one could represent an unknown or varying quantity w/ a symbol was a very important development in the history of mathematics. And I'm a bit frustrated by your suggestion that these are somehow "unmathematical contortions," which feeds into the anti-math sentiment held by so many (yes, I know, you're simultaneously giving examples of humor & beauty w/ a mathematical component, but I'd encourage you to do that w/out also feeding into people's anti-math beliefs). by Robert Krulwich
NPR Normally, this kind of thing is done with a pen or a pencil or a crayon, not with a graphing calculator. Numbers like to multiply, divide and subtract. They don't want to be words or pictures. That's not their job. But if you've never been good at math, and you love to draw, here's a little revenge exercise. You can torture numbers into very unmathematical contortions ΓΆ€” contortions that will make you smile. . . . For the rest of the article--and the mathematical demonstrations--go here.
— Robert Krulwich |

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