Presentation sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Instruction, Center for Teaching and Learning, and Kaleidoscope Ethnomathmatics: Mathematics in Islamic Art and Architecture By Madeleine Chowdhury November 18, 2003 AS196, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Ethnomathematics, in this context, the study of Islamic culture and the relation between Islam, math, art, and architecture, provides the background for this presentation. The work involves the study of art and architecture produced by Craig Kaplan and Jay Bonner, whose designs are steeped in the geometric aesthetic. The presentation pivots on how modern mathematics, algorithms and technology have been applied to study and produce traditional Islamic star patterns. Examples of the work of Craig Kaplan and Jay Bonner will be provided, manipulated and analyzed as mathematical forms. Like the creations of George Hart, the mathematician and sculptor, the work of Craig Kaplan and Jay Bonner “invites the viewer to partake of the geometric aesthetics.” A Kaleidoscope Grant at MCC initially funded this thesis. It has been presented at the 7th Sedona Conference on Art Forms, Digital Forms and Spiritual Forms: Paths to the Creative Process and the ArizMATYC Conference 2003. I am thankful to have been supported during my initial engagement in this project. I consider this endeavor to be a melding of three important aspects of mind, soul, and spirit: my career as a math teacher, my faith, Islam, and my fascination with the timeless beauty of art and architecture.
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