Bridges 2012 Short Paper

Escher Unraveled: Using Artwork to Investigate Transformations
Ming Tomayko, Sandy Spitzer, Linda Cooper
(Proceedings pages 461–462)


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.