Re-Imagining Mathematics

Re-Imagining Mathematics takes us on an extraordinary journey of discovery through the very ground and building blocks of the subject – to be found in nature, patterns, art, music, poetry and even companionship. Examples of such influences include the geometrical complexity of Islamic Art and Galileo’s mathematical explorations of Dante’s Inferno. Dr. Sen also finds the wisdom of number in such unusual places as worship or in the structure of communities. The book serves as a fresh and alternative take on ‘easy’ mathematics with examples from such varied sources as the ‘Virahanka’ rhythms of Indian classical music and prosody, and the predictive mathematical physics in the art of M.C. Escher. In part a colourful historical development of natural mathematics, this book is also a memoir of the author’s personal journey in exploring and teaching mathematics for nearly 30 years.