Sunday, November 28, 2010

Numbers in Love

Giacomo Balla, Numbers in Love, 1924

A Romance in Lower Mathematics

Martin Eder, La Mathematique du Slip, 2006

 A little more time

Felice Casorati, Gli scolari, 1928


 Erwin Olaf, The Classroom from Hope, 2005

 Mae West: "A man has one hundred dollars and you leave him with two dollars, that's subtraction."

 Diego Rivera, The Mathematician, 1919

What happens when you take 76 images of blowjobs (as in fellatio, as in oral sex), and mathematically average them? What you get is a blurry fuzzy picture. This usage of math in art is by Jason Salavon. He aptly calls it 76 Blowjobs.

 Max Ernst, Euklides, 1945

 Heaven and Hell

 Charles Demuth, The Figure 5 in Gold, 1928

 Reverse Notation

 Roberto Matta, The Un-Nominator Renominated (Le Dénommeur renommé), 1952

 Max Ernst, Mattamathics, 1948

 Margaret Bourke-White, Russian woman using an abacus to calculate numbers in business, 1938

Some numbers are positive

 El Lissitzky, Basic Calculus, 1928

 Advanced Calculus

Constance Haslewood, Multiplication is Vexation, from 'Old Mother Goose's Rhymes and Tales', published by Frederick Warne & Co., 1890s

 Why are our days numbered and not, say, lettered? - Woody Allen

 Albrecht Dürer, Salvator Mundi

Both main dimensions, 14 and 17inches, encrypt  the title of the painting, and a variant of Dürer's signature:
SALVATOR MVNDI = (19+1+12+22+1+20+15+18)+(13+22+14+4+9) = 170
ALBRECHT DUERER = (1+12+2+18+5+3+8+20)+(4+21+5+18+5+18) = 140

Prof. Dr. Olga Holtz, Mathematician, Technical University Berlin (on loan from UC Berkeley)


Moscow 1968

Hedy Lamarr, the co-inventor of the Spread Spectrum - a way of protecting radio signals from being intercepted or corrupted - used in anything wireless these days. Hedy also had kind of a rocky love life. She married six times, finally settling down with her divorce lawyer. Beauty, talent, and brains. What a fabulous combination!

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