Escher Unraveled: Using Artwork to Investigate Transformations

Ming Tomayko, Sandy Spitzer, Linda Cooper
Proceedings of Bridges 2012: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2012)
Pages 461–462 Short Papers


Escher's artwork images are among the most identifiable of any artist. Upon first viewing Escher's artwork, many wonder "How could he have done that?" But once students understand the mathematics behind these images, they can decipher how they were created. In this paper, we describe an activity that accessibly intertwines mathematics and art for students ranging from middle school to undergraduate level.