The Frustrated Mathematician

Michael Frantz
Proceedings of Bridges 2009: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2009)
Pages 347–348


One source of frustration for some mathematicians is their inability to express sophisticated and beautiful ideas in a language more accessible to the broader community. Five examples of mathematical concepts are provided which lend themselves to artistic interpretation and inspiration, in areas ranging from precalculus to real analysis and differential equations, along with capsule descriptions of the mathematical processes and thumbnail graphics to help illustrate ideas difficult to capture in equations alone. The hope is that these ideas could serve to inspire artists and musicians who are more capable than most mathematicians in alternative forms of expression.