Math in the Real World

Art and math:

  • Filippo Brunelleschi, architect of the Italian Renaissance (1377-1446)
  • Albrecht Durer, German renaissance printmaker (1471-1528)
  • M.C. Escher, Dutch graphic artist (1898-1972)
  • Op Art movement of the 1960s
  • Chuck Hoberman, sculpture and inventor
  • Thomas Hull, contemporary origami artist and math professor
  • Robert J. Lang, contemporary origami artist and physicist

Music and math:

  • Pythagoras, ancient Greek mathematician and music theorist (500 B.C.E.)
  • Erik Satie, French composer and pianist (1866-1925)
  • John Cage, avant-garde American composer (1912-1992)
  • Steve Reich, contemporary American minimalist composer

Reference materials

This is the place to start any research project. Reference sources offer short, authoritative information on every topic. Reference books must be used in the library.


  • Britannica Online
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library Search many electronic reference sources at the same time.


  • Biographical encyclopedia of mathematicians. REF 510.92 B52 1999
  • Schirmer encyclopedia of art. REF 701 Sch3 Look in the index under the last name of the artist in which you are interested.


Books about math can be found in the 510s. Books on art and music are in the 700s. Individual biographies can be found at 921, listed alphabetically by the subject's last name (for example, a biography of Euclid, the father of geometry, would carry the call number: 921 Euc).

  • Bradley, Michael J. Birth of mathematics : ancient times to 1300. 510.9 B72 2006 148 pages. Modern mathematics : 1900 to 1950. 920 B73 2007 164 pages.
  • Hasan, Heather. (2006). Archimedes : the father of mathematics. 921Ar2 112 pages.
  • Pickover, Clifford. (2006). The Möbius strip : Dr. August Möbius's marvelous band in mathematics, games, literature, art, technology, and cosmology. 516 P58 2006 244 pages.

BCDS databases

Internet sites