One of the sections in my book Let’s Play Math: How Families Can Learn Math Together — and Enjoy It encourages parents to make beautiful math with their children.
Do you have trouble believing that math can be beautiful?
In “Inspirations,” artist Cristóbal Vila creates a wonderful, imaginary work studio for the amazing M.C. Escher. You’ll want to view it in full-screen mode.
How many mathematical objects could you identify?
Vila offers a brief explanation of the history and significance of each item on his page Inspirations: A short movie inspired on Escher’s works.
Read about the inspirations, and then try making some math of your own.
“I looked into that enormous and inexhaustible source of inspiration that is Escher and tried to imagine how it could be his workplace, what things would surround an artist like him, so deeply interested in science in general and mathematics in particular. I imagined that these things could be his travel souvenirs, gifts from friends, sources of inspiration…”
Inspirations: A short movie inspired on Escher’s works