Looking at Numbers

  • Tom Johnson
  • Franck Jedrzejewski

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Tom Johnson, Franck Jedrzejewski
    Pages 1-20
  3. Tom Johnson, Franck Jedrzejewski
    Pages 21-29
  4. Tom Johnson, Franck Jedrzejewski
    Pages 31-35
  5. Tom Johnson, Franck Jedrzejewski
    Pages 37-55
  6. Tom Johnson, Franck Jedrzejewski
    Pages 57-67
  7. Tom Johnson, Franck Jedrzejewski
    Pages 69-72
  8. Tom Johnson, Franck Jedrzejewski
    Pages 73-83
  9. Tom Johnson, Franck Jedrzejewski
    Pages 85-91
  10. Tom Johnson, Franck Jedrzejewski
    Pages 93-99
  11. Tom Johnson, Franck Jedrzejewski
    Pages 101-105
  12. Tom Johnson, Franck Jedrzejewski
    Pages 107-118
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 119-120

About this book

Introduction

Galileo Galilei said he was “reading the book of nature” as he observed pendulums swinging, but he might also simply have tried to draw the numbers themselves as they fall into networks of permutations or form loops that synchronize at different speeds, or attach themselves to balls passing in and out of the hands of good jugglers. Numbers are, after all, a part of nature. As such, looking at and thinking about them is a way of understanding our relationship to nature. But when we do so in a technical, professional way, we tend to overlook their basic attributes, the things we can understand by simply “looking at numbers.”

Tom Johnson is a composer who uses logic and mathematical models, such as combinatorics of numbers, in his music. The patterns he finds while “looking at numbers” can also be explored in drawings. This book focuses on such drawings, their beauty and their mathematical meaning. The accompanying comments were written in collaboration with the mathematician Franck Jedrzejewski.

Keywords

nature platonic symmetry

Authors and affiliations

  • Tom Johnson
    • 1
  • Franck Jedrzejewski
    • 2
  1. 1.ParisFrance
  2. 2.ViroflayFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-0348-0554-4
  • Copyright Information Springer Basel 2014
  • Publisher Name Birkhäuser, Basel
  • eBook Packages Mathematics and Statistics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-0348-0553-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-0348-0554-4
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