Alderman Stacks

EGMT 1510: Beauty and Math in the Cosmos


Patterns, symmetry, and harmonics are mathematical principles that are found throughout the natural world, from leaves on trees, to galaxies in the universe. In this course students will explore the deep intertwining of fundamental math and geometries found in nature. Students will investigate how their sense of aesthetics is influenced by these mathematical principles, and learn to identify mathematical components in their own aesthetic judgment. We will examine how one’s environment might impact their perception of beauty in the natural world. Students will also consider the extent to which these mathematical principles have been represented in art from different cultures, ranging from Islamic architecture to Surrealism, thereby questioning whether math is a “universal” language. Throughout the course, students will create a portfolio of their own art based on mathematical principles, culminating in a class art show.