SURFER in Math Art, Education and Science Communication

Anna Hartkopf and Andreas Daniel Matt
Proceedings of Bridges 2013: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2013)
Pages 271–278


SURFER is a program designed to make everybody feel like a mathematician. The program is a bridge between art and math. Everybody can participate in the dialogue between algebraic equations and pictures of algebraic surfaces in an interactive and aesthetic way. In this paper we will introduce the program and its potential in math art, education and communication. The program was originally developed for the IMAGINARY exhibition, a project by the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach. We will present many SURFER images and project ideas by artists, mathematicians, students and visitors of the exhibition.