Simplicity: Ideals of Practice in Mathematics and the Arts

  • Roman Kossak
  • Philip Ording

Part of the Mathematics, Culture, and the Arts book series (MACUAR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Étienne Ghys
    Pages 1-14
  3. Dusa McDuff
    Pages 27-35
  4. Maryanthe Malliaris, Assaf Peretz
    Pages 49-58
  5. Curtis Franks
    Pages 59-75
  6. Marjorie Senechal
    Pages 77-83
  7. Jan Zwicky
    Pages 85-103
  8. Misha Gromov
    Pages 105-118
  9. Kate Shepherd
    Pages 119-126
  10. Rosalie Iemhoff
    Pages 143-151
  11. Dexter Sinister, D. Reinfurt, S. Bailey
    Pages 177-188
  12. Andrew Arana
    Pages 205-226
  13. Spencer Gerhardt
    Pages 227-238
  14. Dennis Sullivan
    Pages 267-274
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 275-305

About this book


To find "criteria of simplicity" was the goal of David Hilbert's recently discovered twenty-fourth problem on his renowned list of open problems given at the 1900 International Congress of Mathematicians in Paris. At the same time, simplicity and economy of means are powerful impulses in the creation of artworks. This was an inspiration for a conference, titled the same as this volume, that took place at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in April of 2013. This volume includes selected lectures presented at the conference, and additional contributions offering diverse perspectives from art and architecture, the philosophy and history of mathematics, and current mathematical practice.


mathematical typography philosophy simplicity art simplicity mathematical art visual arts

Editors and affiliations

  • Roman Kossak
    • 1
  • Philip Ording
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsThe Graduate Center, City University of New YorkNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsSarah Lawrence CollegeBronxvilleUSA

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