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Preface vii Acknowledgments ix Chapter 1: Introduction to Perspective and Space Coordinates 1 Artist Vignette: Sherry Stone 9 Chapter 2: Perspective by the Numbers 13 Artist Vignette: Peter Galante 25 Chapter 3: Vanishing Points and Viewpoints 29 Artist Vignette: Jim Rose 39 Chapter 4: Rectangles in One-Point Perspective 43 What's My Line?: A Perspective Game 55 Chapter 5: Two-Point Perspective 59 Artist Vignette: Robert Bosch 77 Chapter 6: Three-Point Perspective and Beyond 85 Artist Vignette: Dick Termes 113 Chapter 7: Anamorphic Art 117 Viewpoints at the Movies: The Hitchcock Zoom 135 Plates follow page 138 Chapter 8: Introduction to Fractal Geometry 139 Artist Vignette: Teri Wagner 157 Chapter 9: Fractal Dimension 161 Artist Vignette: Kerry Mitchell 193 Answers to Selected Exercises 197 Appendix: Information for Instructors 215 Annotated References 223 Index 229
Marc Frantz holds a BFA in painting from the Herron School of Art and an MS in mathematics from Purdue University. He teaches mathematics at Indiana University, Bloomington where he is a research associate. Annalisa Crannell is professor of mathematics at Franklin & Marshall College. She is the coauthor of "Writing Projects for Mathematics Courses".
"The book goes a long way trying to convey to its audience--through both theory and practice--professional techniques that could not fail but empower students to make accurate, sophisticated drawings. The book presents an elegant fusion of mathematical ideas and practical aspects of fine art."--Cut the Knot "[T]his is an excellent text that I will certainly consider using for a future class. The material on perspective is accessible, thorough and well-written, and the text is designed for a hands-on pedagogy that is well-suited to the intended audience. And as an elementary, but thorough, discussion of both the mathematics and practice of perspective drawing, it deserves a place in any collection of books on mathematics and the arts."--Blake Mellor, Journal of Mathematics and the Arts "The writing is extremely clear, the material is fresh, and the many excellent diagrams clarify the ideas under discussion. The authors use relevant artwork to illustrate the mathematical principles... The exercises are original and promote active learning... This is an excellent work for academic curricula and an outstanding resource for self-study in mathematical perspective, fractals, and the relationship between art and mathematics."--Choice "This is not a book to read passively and, indeed, you will want to read this book with a pencil in hand. The text is designed to be experienced first hand, sketching out examples whilst following the text, as well as doing the exercises at the end of each chapter that develop the material well... Prerequisites for this book are a minimum, effectively being an understanding of basic coordinate geometry. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the interplay between mathematics and art."--George Matthews, Mathematics Today