“Relativity,” 1953 print by M.C. Escher
All M.C. Escher works © the M.C. Escher Company B.V.- Baarn- the Netherlands

The artistic work of M.C. Escher has fascinated viewers since his mathematical and sometimes puzzling works appeared in the mid 1930s and continued for more than 30 years.

In a 3:30 p.m. presentation Wednesday (Dec. 20), Martin E. Flashman, a retired mathematics professor, will reveal some of the mathematics behind Escher’s works while participants will have an opportunity for some “hands-on” experiences. The event is entitled  “Understanding The Work of M.C. Escher: Visual Mathematics.”

Members of the audience are expected to come equipped with the materials required for the participatory experiences. That equipment should include a surface like a writing pad, colored pencils or crayons, scotch tape or a glue stick, and scissors.  Paper will be provided.

Flashman received his mathematics degrees from Brandeis University and a law degree from New York University School of Law. He taught six years at Bard College before arriving at Humboldt State   in 1981 from which he is now retired as Professor Emeritus of Mathematics.

For 2017-18 he is visiting the University of Arizona while he works on several projects related to visualization in making sense of mathematics. An active presenter at national meetings and conferences, he will be giving four sessions this April at the British Congress of Mathematics Education related to his current projects.

His other active academic interests are in the history and philosophy of mathematics

Written by Marcia Neugebauer, Academy Village Volunteer


The Visual Mathematics of M.C. Escher:Dec.2017
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