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Mathematical art — from sculptures to crochet blossoms, scientists demonstrate how math makes beautiful art.

The art was featured at an exhibition last month at the Joint Mathematics Meeting in Boston, where 80 artists presented more than 120 works.

Gabriele Meyer, a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin Math Department, showed her crochets of colorful “hyperbolic surfaces” (imagine a rainbow fluorescent head of lettuce). “In math if you want to prove something really beautiful, you have to understand the structure,” she explains. “And the structure means you understand the beauty of an object and with that knowledge you often times can make a very important and deep proof. That’s why beauty matters tremendously in mathematics.”

(Segment produced by Sarah Reynolds, Studio 360.)