Abstract / Synopsis

This review emphasizes, as does the compelling and beautiful book, The Seduction of Curves by Allan McRobie, the “lines of beauty” that link art and mathematics. McRobie and his collaborator on the indispensable visuals of the volume, Helena Weightman, succeed admirably in connecting theoretically and visually the mathematical field of singularity or catastrophe theory and its graphical representations on the one hand and the seemingly intersecting lines around the volumes of the human body in the artistic representation of the nude. This book thus constitutes a creative and illuminating overlap of mathematics and art that lets the practitioners on both sides see more deeply their conceptual commonalities.



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