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The Princeton Companion to Mathematics by Imre Leader, June Barrow-Green, Timothy Gowers

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VII.14 Mathematics and Art

Florence Fasanelli

1 Introduction

This article focuses on the relationship between the history of mathematics and the history of art in twentieth-century France, England, and the United States. The effect of mathematics on artists and the direct interactions between artists and mathematicians have both been extensively studied. These studies show that knowledge of mathematics has had a significant influence on many artists, as well as on musicians and writers. In particular, the increasingly wide acceptance, during the nineteenth century, of mathematical ideas that had once been revolutionary contributed strongly to what is now called modern art. At the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth, ...

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