Summary: A Contrarian View of Teaching Mathematics and Art
Department of Mathematics
National University of Singapore
Many universities offer courses on mathematics and art, but how successful are they? In this paper we will discuss some of the
pitfalls to avoid.
1. What is Mathematics and Art?
Over the last years, I have taught a course called "Mathematics in Art and Architecture" at the National
University of Singapore. I have also served as academic advisor for both an exhibition called "Art
Figures: Mathematics in Art" at the Singapore Art Museum and a prime time TV show on mathematics
and art. I have also set up a web site, given numerous public lectures at museums, libraries and schools,
and written several articles on mathematics and art. It has been a lot of fun, and I have learned a lot.
I have also created a course called "Heavenly Mathematics and Cultural Astronomy", with
accompanying prime time TV shows, museum exhibitions, appearance on radio talk shows, web site,
public lectures and articles on mathematics and astronomy.