Math-related doodles & minis from COMICS WORKSHOP:
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1 Monster Invites Another
How one monster grows into a quarter-thousand (& counting)…!
Escher’s “Approaches to Infinity”: There Must Be Stars
I take this passage in Escher’s essay to be particularly appropriate for comics creators:
Museum Courtyard: Above & Below
It looks like we’ve learned our lesson from the last time we played on a three-dimensional staircase …
Escher’s “Approaches to Infinity” Part 2: Music & Eternity
“to approach eternity by means of sounds”…?
Watch Your Step
Three-point perspective staircase distortion, drawn at Currier Art Museum …
Journal comic inspired by a recent visit to the Currier Museum’s mind-bending exposition…
(Drawn for “M.C. Escher: Reality and Illusion” at The Currier Museum.)
“Up ahead in the distance, / I saw a shimmering light…”:
From One Math to Another
Gosh it’s nice to get home to NH.
The most self-effacing of all maths.
Hotel Infinity: Quiet Hours
You don’t always want to encounter infinity in a strange hotel …
2×2=5 Talkin’ Blues Video
Finally, a video version of our earlier all-comics proof …
Pythagorean Maxims #16-30
More lifestyle advice from our brilliant & eccentric Ancient Greek mathematician …
Patterns of Ideas (Hardy)
Quoting G. H. Hardy’s 1940 essay, “A Mathematician’s Apology”…
Mathematics is an Art (Lockhart)
One reader’s notes to Paul Lockhart’s thought-provoking “A Mathematician’s Lament” …
Pythagorean Maxims #1-15
“Rules of the Good Life,” according to one of Ancient Greece’s most amazing mathematicians …
100 Pounds of Apples
Here’s a delicious puzzle with a counter-intuitive result, based on the “potato paradox”:
Alexander Horned Steer
The final image ever captured by our late Mythematical Beasts Dept. editor …
Escher’s “Approaches to Infinity” Part 1
The first of a finite series of comics adapting Escher’s 1971 essay…
Talkin’ 2×2=5 Blues
Are we allowed to do talkin’ blues algebra proofs? ~ If NOT, maybe this is why — here’s one inspired by Lewis Carroll. ~…
“When are we ever gonna see this in the REAL WORLD?”
Patchwork Cantor Angel
Here’s a close up of another such creature …
Cliche Conversion Charts
Bird(s) in bush as a function of bird(s) in hand, and other relationships …
I’ve been thinking about recursion lately, which of course (if you think about it) usually means I’m thinking about thinking about recursion, which of…
Pointy Things + Round Things
Circles and Triangles are in many ways about a far apart as shapes can get; and yet… and yet.
Archimedes’ Fatal Work Ethic
You have to respect a mathematician who’s so engrossed in his work that he doesn’t even notice the Romans invading his city…
Dinner-Party Puzzle Fail
Charles Dodgson (a.k.a. Lewis Carroll) learns how NOT to perform post-prandial high-stakes testing…
Lewis Carroll’s River Crossing Puzzle
This logic puzzle was a favorite of math professor (and part-time wonderlander) Charles Dodgson …
Alexander Horned Sphere
Sometimes you have to draw such a thing before it jumps up and comes to life and runs away on you …
Discrete Regretroactology is the study of finite sequences of decisions and their effects on the appearances of stick figures involved in them …
It takes some careful attention to grow a healthy specimen …
At first glance, your typical Cantor Set can appear rather stilted & stodgy… But what if there were a different way to envision this…
I guess technically some of these are knots, and some are… well… not.
Hollow cubes, both possible and un-possible:
Just playing around a bit with the Ulam spiral… It makes me want to cover the walls with
Ama tu ritmo / Love Your Rhythm (Dario)
A passionate Dario poem with a mathematical pulse …
Fractal Cross ‘n’ Boxes
Interesting how a very square up-down left-right set of rules produces such diagonal negative space…
Overlaid Fibonacci Spirals
Here are twin nested Fibonacci spirals overlaid with a single blue spiral …
They look like they’re tightly knotted, but if you look closely you’ll see that no two rings are linked with each other…
Sleepless Fractal Cross
Just a little fractal cross that appeared in my sketchbook after two days without sleep…
Circle Gasket Snowflake
Can you see the rule behind this 4th-iteration hand-drawn snowflake fractal?
Knotted Circles + Squares
While riding on a plane lately, I found myself drawing lots of knots…
Dude, where can I get one of those Sierpinski pizza slicers?
Twin Fibonacci Spiral
Taking shape from the world-famous Fibonacci sequence…
Math Medallion Gasket Frame
More fun with gaskets & distorted Sierpinskis.
Circled Sierpinski Tangents
A loose confederation of doodly gaskets and aspiring sierpinski triangles …
Distorted Koch Curve
This one started as a koch curve design, with vertices stretched to fill the rectangular page:
It might not look it, but adding all the details to this drawing took FOREVER.
Binary Gasket Tree (in Bloom)
This one started as a hand-doodled binary tree, but it quickly bloomed Appolonian gaskets between the branches….
Spinning Gasket Spiral Mandala
The triangles point the way…
Hi Marek, I love your math drawings! Do these drawings relax you or induce frustration? Or something in between?
Thanks Lynn. These are drawings I do when I’m procrastinating on other more narrative projects like Freeman Colby’s diary or Nicaragua… I guess they’re more of a meditational practice, sort of like nerd mandalas. ~ M
I absolutely love your work. I’ve enjoyed your blog multiple times so I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Here’s the post I wrote about it: http://findthefactors.wordpress.com/2014/07/07/very-inspiring-blogger-award/
Thanks very much! 8^D ~ M
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