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Mathematics and Art

Fragments of Infinity
Ivars Peterson, J. Wiley, 2001.
The Visual Mind
Michele Emmer, MIT, 1993.

Polyhedra and Higher Dimensions

Geometry, Relativity, and the Fourth Dimension
Rudy Rucker, Dover, 1977.
The Fourth Dimension
Rudy Rucker, Roy Rucker, Houghton Mifflin, 1985.
Beyond the Third Dimension
Thomas Banchoff, Freeman, 1996.
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions
Edwin A. Abbott, Dover, 1992.
Regular Polytopes
H.S.M. Coxeter, Dover, 1973.
Polyhedron Models
Magnus J. Wenninger, Cambridge, 1974.
Zome Geometry
George W. Hart, Henri Picciotto, Key Curriculum Press, 2000.
Shadows of Reality: the Fourth Dimension in Relativity, Cubism, and Modern Thought
Tony Robbin, Yale, 2006.


The Knot Book
Colin Adams, Freeman, 1994.

Symmetry and Natural Patterns

The Geometrical Foundation of Natural Structure
Robert Williams, Dover, 1979.
On Growth and Form
D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson, Dover, 1992.
The Self-Made Tapestry: Pattern Formation in Nature
Philip Ball, Oxford, 1998.
Soap Bubbles
Charles V. Boys, Dover, 1959.
Curves of Life: Being an Account of Spiral Formations
Theodore Andrea Cook, Dover, 1979.
Shapes, Space, and Symmetry
Alan Holden, Dover, 1991.
The Divine Proportion: A Study in Mathematical Beauty
H. E. Huntley, Dover, 1970.
The Science of Soap Films and Soap Bubbles
Cyril Isenberg, Dover, 1992.
Symmetry: A Unifying Concept
Istvan Hargittai, Magdolna Hargittai, Ten Speed, 2000.
Fivefold Symmetry
Istvan Hargittai, ed., World Scientific, 1992.
Spiral Symmetry
Istvan Hargittai, Clifford Pickover, eds., World Scientific, 1992.


Tuning, Timbre, Spectrum, Scale
William A. Sethares, Springer, 1998.
The Seventh Dragon: The Riddle of Equal Temperament
Anita T. Sullivan, Metamorphous, 1986.
Musical Temperaments (with CD-ROM)
Erich Neuwirth, Springer, 1997.
On the Sensations of Tone
Herman Helmholtz, Dover, 1954.
Tuning and Temperament: A Historical Survey
James Murray Barbour, Da Capo, 1972.
Music and the Power of Sound: The Influence of Tuning and Interval on Consciousness
Alain Danielou, Inner Traditions, 1995.

Escher and Tilings

Miles of Tiles
Charles Radin, AMS, 1999.
M.C. Escher Kaleidocycles
Doris Schattschneider, Wallace Walker, Pomegranate Artbooks, 1987.
Visions of Symmetry: Notebooks ... of M.C. Escher (new edition)
Doris Schattschneider, Harry Abrams, 2004.
Escher on Escher: Exploring the Infinite
M. C. Escher, J. W. Vermeulen, Harry Abrams, 1989.
Other Worlds: Poems on Prints by M.C. Escher
Catherine Callaghan, Pudding House, 1999.
M.C. Escher: His Life and Complete Graphic Work
M. C. Escher, J. L. Locher, Harry Abrams, 1992.
M.C. Escher: The Graphic Work
M. C. Escher, Taschen, 1996.
The Magic of M.C. Escher
J. L. Locher, W. F. Veldhuysen, Abrams, 2000.
The Magic Mirror of M.C. Escher
Bruno Ernst, Taschen, 1994.
Designing Tessellations: The Secrets of Interlocking Patterns
Jinny Beyer, Contemporary Books, 1999.

Fractals and Chaos

Symmetry in Chaos
Michael Field, Martin Golubitsky, Oxford, 1992.
Fractal Geometry of Nature
Benoit B. Mandelbrot, Freeman, 1988
The Beauty of Fractals
Heinz-Otto Peitgen, Peter H. Richter, Springer, 1988.
The Algorithmic Beauty of Plants
Przemyslaw Prusinkiewicz, A. Lindenmayer, Springer, 1996.
African Fractals: Modern Computing and Indigenous Design
Ron Eglash, Rutgers, 1999.


Helaman Ferguson: Mathematics in Stone and Bronze
Claire Ferguson, Helaman Ferguson, Meridian, 1994.


The Thirteen Books of Euclid's Elements
Euclid; Haines & Heath, eds., Dover, 1956.
See also the online version of Euclid's Elements with interactive illustrations (as Java applets), from David Joyce at Clark University.
Mathematical Impressions
Anatolii T. Fomenko with Richard Lipkin, AMS, 1990.
A Topological Picture Book
George Francis, Springer, 1987.
Goedel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Douglas R. Hofstadter, Basic, 1979.
Sacred Geometry: Philosophy and Practice
Robert Lawlor, Thames & Hudson, 1989.
Concepts and Images: Visual Mathematics
Arthur L. Loeb, Springer, 1992.
Space Structures
Arthur L. Loeb, Springer, 1991.
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
Edward R. Tufte, Graphics Press, 1992.
Envisioning Information
Edward R. Tufte, Graphics Press, 1990.
Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative
Edward R. Tufte, Graphics Press, 1997.

Conference Proceedings

Nathaniel Friedman & Javier Barrallo, eds, Univ. Basque Country, 1999, ISBN 84-930669-0-7.
Bridges (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001)
Reza Sarhangi, ed, Southwestern College, Kansas, ISSN 1099-6702.
Nexus (Nexus I (1996), Nexus II (1998), Nexus III (2000), Nexus IV (2002))
, Kim Williams, ed, Edizioni dell'Erba.


Springer has published a collection of videos from the VideoMath Festival; this collection includes The Optiverse, and is available from bookstores or directly from Springer in NTSC format (for the US) or PAL format (for Europe).

Not Knot
The Geometry Center, AK Peters, 1991.
Outside In
The Geometry Center, AK Peters, 1994.

Also see the list of Math videos from Filmo / AGC

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