Math is Art

There are two things I must get out of the way in order for this post to make any sense.

1. Mat Bomer aka Neal Caffrey in White Collar

Ex-ish con man who helps the feds solve crimes as part of a work-release program. An art aficionado and indulger in all things rare. Case in point: his apartment.

2. Mathematical Fractal

I will keep the nerd factor to a minimum. A fractal is a rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be split into parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a reduced-size copy of the whole. If you want a bigger dose, and it is worth learning about, do your nerdy art loving heart a favor and check out the Wikipedia page. Fractals are an amazing phenomenon found in most of nature.

Blitz summary of events that brought Neal, and me, to learn about fractals:

Adler's hired assassin shipping Nazi dishes. A music box stolen by the Nazi's. Neal's true love gets blown up. A fractal in the music box Neal and Alex think points to something that went missing in the '40's. 

As another favor for your nerdy art loving heart, watch the show, faun over the world traveled decor, and pretend Mat Bomer does not count as a piece of the art work.

3. The point of this post: Math is art. 

The ancient Egyptians and ancient Greeks knew about the golden ratio, regarded as an aesthetically pleasing ratio, and incorporated it into the design of monuments including the Great Pyramid, the Parthenon, the Colosseum.

 A picture can speak a thousand words. What better way to make math make sense?


These mathematical sketches would make great posters. Perhaps on aged paper to create a vintage look.

One of the most famous, almost-a-fractal, works of art is The Great Wave Off Kanagawa.

It depicts an enormous wave threatening boats near the Japanese prefecture of Kanagawa. What makes it an almost-a-fractal is that the artwork was was published in 1832, before theory of fractals was invented.

Photo Credits: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Apartment photos are all from USA Network.

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