Math in Nature

Art, Beauty & Nature, Tools & Resources

I love math! I started working with some advanced math students last year and we incorporated some Math in Nature as part of our explorations.  Below are some links we found helpful.

General Resources

Maths Outdoors – http://creativestarlearning.co.uk/c/maths-outdoors/

Hexaflexagon –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIVIegSt81k

Honeycomb Conjecture

Honeybees Love Hexagons – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEzlsjAqADA

Hexagon Tiling – http://mathworld.wolfram.com/HexagonTiling.html

Tessellation – http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Tessellation.html

Honeycomb Conjecture – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hnbfcWHLYc

The Golden Ratio

Golden Ratio – http://mathworld.wolfram.com/GoldenRatio.html

Golden Rectangles All Around Activity – http://math.rice.edu/~lanius/Geom/around.html

Fibonacci Numbers

Fibonacci Number – http://mathworld.wolfram.com/FibonacciNumber.html

Doodling in Math – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahXIMUkSXX0 Notes and References: https://vimeo.com/147799854

The magic of Fibonacci numbers –https://www.ted.com/talks/arthur_benjamin_the_magic_of_fibonacci_numbers#t-363498

Fractals

General Information and teaching ideas – http://creativestarlearning.co.uk/maths-outdoors/outdoor-maths-fractals-in-nature/

Fractal Foundation – http://fractalfoundation.org/

Nico’s Fractal Machine- Fractal Creator where you can stop and save an image of the fractal you made

https://sciencevsmagic.net/fractal/#0223,0090,1,1,1,0,1

African Fractals – http://www.csdt.rpi.edu/african/African_Fractals/applications4.html

Books

By Nature’s Design https://www.amazon.com/Natures-Design-Exploratorium-Book/dp/0811803295

The Magic of Mathematics

https://www.amazon.com/Magic-Mathematics-Discovering-Spell/dp/0933174993/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1490188530&sr=1-1&keywords=the+magic+of+mathematics

Of Interest

How to Draw with Math https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/how-to-draw-with-math/

 

 

 


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Why Is the World So Beautiful? – Frank Wilczek OnBeing Interview

Art, Beauty & Nature, Great Podcasts

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https://onbeing.org/programs/frank-wilczek-why-is-the-world-so-beautiful/8565/

 

“Today, with an exploration of beauty, the deep structure of reality, and deep truths in the human everyday, with Nobel physicist Frank Wilczek. His book A Beautiful Question is a long meditation on the question, “Does the world embody beautiful ideas?” This physicist has a poetic way of seeing and naming reality — even scientific truths and observations.”


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Day 14 – Hot Springs National Park

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July 15, 2017 Hot Springs National Park Artist-in-Residence

Beginning my drive back home today and I am so grateful to Hot Springs National Park and all the wonderful people there. It was an amazing experience. I learned so much about the park and nature. I also grew a lot as an artist. I had time to devote to painting and my process. Being an AIR was an amazing experience! Thank you, thank you.

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Day 13 – Hot Springs National Park

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July 14, 2017 Hot Springs National Park Artist-in-Residence

Last day at the park. Finished two more paintings. Got to Goat Rock for my last sunrise. Drove around and said good bye to all my favorite places. So grateful for this time here.

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Last sunrise

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My lovely cabin home

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Creek Rocks painting

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Gulpha Creek in the evening

 


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Day 12 – Hot Springs National Park

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July 13, 2017 Hot Springs National Park Artist-in-Residence

Early morning at Goat Rock. Then gave my gift of two paintings to the park! Next I was off to kayak on Lake Ouachita. Thank you so much Lissa – it was wonderful. More painting done in the studio also.

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Early morning at Goat Rock

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Two paintings gifted to the park

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Our kayaks at Lake Ouachita

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Lake Ouachita

 

 


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Day 11 – Hot Springs National Park

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July 12, 2017 Hot Springs National Park Artist-in-Residence

Lovely hike this morning to Balanced Rock on Sunset Trail. The light was amazing and I loved seeing all the cairns people had made along the trail. More painting and inking in the studio.

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Cairns on Sunset Trail

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Balanced Rock

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Morning light on Sunset Trail

 


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Day 10 – Hot Springs National Park

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July 11, 2017 Hot Springs National Park Artist-in-Residence

Early morning shadows on Goat Rock trail were beautiful today. Worked more in the studio.

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Goat Rock Trail

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Early morning shadows

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Beautiful sunrise from Goat Rock

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Gulpha Gorge Trail 1

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Early Morning from Goat Rock 2

 


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Day 9 – Hot Springs National Park

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July 10, 2017 Hot Springs National Park Artist-in-Residence

Had so much fun digging for crystals in Mount Ida today. And here are some images of more finished paintings.

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Mount Ida crystals

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Crystal digging

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Sunset Trail 1

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Goat Rock Trail 1

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Early Morning from Goat Rock 1

 


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