The man in charge of modernising the Uffizi Eike Schmidt is the most high-profile of the new directors appointed to run Italy’s leading museums. He talks to Apollo about his sensitive reforms of the Uffizi and keeping up the pace of change Eike Schmidt is a busy man. Teachers' resource: Maths and Islamic art & design Tiles, fritware with lustre decoration, Kashan, Iran, 13th-14th century, Museum no. 1074-1875. © Victoria & Albert Museum, London This resource provides a variety of information and activities that teachers may like to use with their students to explore the Islamic Middle East collections at the V&A. It can be used to support learning in Maths and Art.
A performance of "Mathemagic" - Arthur Benjamin Math is important to every human that has ever walked the face of the planet (and to every human that ever will). It's all around us. It's everywhere. Watch these TED Talks to learn how math is not only magical, but incredibly necessary: Physicist Geoffrey West has found that simple, mathematical laws govern the properties of cities -- that wealth, crime rate, walking speed and many other aspects of a city can be deduced from a single number: the city's population. In this mind-bending talk from TEDGlobal he shows how it works and how similar laws hold for organisms and corporations. GIORGIO VASARI'S LIVES OF THE ARTISTS This page will, in time, contain all of Giorgio Vasari's Lives of the Artists, all in unabridged English translations. Each Life will be supplimented by illustrations and a bibliography. Comments and suggestions are welcome. Please note that the undersigned claims all rights and privileges under current copyright laws.
Symmetry, reality's riddle - Marcus du Sautoy Marcus du Sautoy and some colleagues at Oxford developed the “Maths in the City” web site to reveal the mathematics embedded in urban environments. Visit the Maths in the City site at to sample some of the mathematical wonders in the cities of Europe, Australia, the Middle East, Asia, and America. Add an entry spotlighting the math in your own city. Marcus du Sautoy is passionate about math but critical of the way it’s traditionally taught in school. He worries that math “has been dumbed down and made so anaemic that students are being put off taking it beyond the compulsory tick in the box.”
A Free Course on Dante's Divine Comedy from Yale University Over the years, we’ve featured the many drawings that have adorned the pages of Dante’s Divine Comedy, from medieval times to modern. Illustrations by Botticelli, Gustave Doré, William Blake and Mœbius, they’ve all gotten their due. Less has been said here, however, about the actual text itself. Perhaps the most important work in Italian literature, Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) wrote the Divine Comedy (consisting of Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso) between the years 1308 and 1320. And that text is largely the subject of Dante in Translation, a free online course taught by Yale’s Giuseppe Mazzotta. Mathematics in Art and Architecture Welcome to Mathematics in Art and Architecture! Course Content Additional Information Objectives of the Module The goal of the course is to study connections between mathematics and art and architecture.
What's the difference between accuracy and precision? - Matt Anticole Scientists (and engineers) are used to taking measurements and working with numerical data. With numerical data, we can try to identify patterns hidden in nature. With those patterns, we can begin to understand, predict, and perhaps ultimately control the world that surrounds us. Because data is so important to scientists and engineers, sometimes they need to worry about more than just whether they are right or wrong. They have developed what seems like a secret language to help them describe their measurements in more detail. What is the difference between a Number and a Measurement?
Episodes & Images I've always thought that the expansion of 19th century London must have been a real sight to behold. It was increasing by leaps and bounds, becoming, by the mid-point of the century, the largest city in the world. London in the 19th century had political and religious freedoms, making it a stable alternative to many other countries in the world and it was flooded with immigrants. Its economy was robust, and London’s positioning as a port city only served to enhance its commitment to industries like trade, shipping, and fishing. As such, London became the place, along with America, for people the world over to begin their fresh starts. Where Art and Maths Combine Where Art and Maths Collide I'm a bit of a "late bloomer", having "hit the Maths Wall" just after "O" level. It took a very enthusiastic teacher to reawaken my early love for the subject and, as with many converts, I've been thoroughly smitten with the love of maths I had when very young.
What can Schrödinger's cat teach us about quantum mechanics? - Josh Samani Quantum entanglement was first studied in 1935, in a famous paper by Albert Einstein, Boris Podolsky, and Nathan Rosen. These scientists collectively have come to be known as EPR, an acronym that derives from the first letter of each of their last names.In their paper, the authors considered a certain instance of entanglement that has since come to be known as the EPR paradox or the EPR experiment. The purpose of their paper was to use the paradox to demonstrate that quantum mechanics could not provide a complete description of reality. The term “entanglement” was not coined by EPR.Instead, it was first used by Erwin Schrodinger, one of the fathers of quantum mechanics, in a letter to Albert Einstein discussing the EPR experiment. In a paper following the original paper by EPR, Schrodinger stressed that entanglement is a key property of quantum physics that distinguishes it from the “classical” physics that came before it.
View this week’s image here. Producer: Dan Morelle Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes and follow Janina on Twitter. Follow History Hit on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Please share this episode on Twitter and Facebook. Mathematics: Why the brain sees maths as beauty Brain scans show a complex string of numbers and letters in mathematical formulae can evoke the same sense of beauty as artistic masterpieces and music from the greatest composers. Mathematicians were shown "ugly" and "beautiful" equations while in a brain scanner at University College London. The same emotional brain centres used to appreciate art were being activated by "beautiful" maths. The researchers suggest there may be a neurobiological basis to beauty. The likes of Euler's identity or the Pythagorean identity are rarely mentioned in the same breath as the best of Mozart, Shakespeare and Van Gogh.