A Math And Photography Student Shows How Awesome Math Is

Mathematics & Arts

“Nevertheless, the fact is that there is nothing as dreamy and poetic, nothing as radical, subversive, and psychedelic, as mathematics. It is every bit as mind blowing as cosmology or physics… and allows more freedom of expression than poetry, art, or music… Mathematics is the purest of the arts, as well as the most misunderstood.”
~ Paul Lockhart

Nikki Graziano, a math and photography student at Rochester Institute of Technology, overlays graphs and their corresponding equations onto her carefully composed photos. “I wanted to create something that could communicate how awesome math is, to everyone,” she says. Graziano doesn’t go out looking for a specific function but lets one find her instead. Once she’s got an image she likes, Graziano whips up the numbers and tweaks the function until the graph it describes aligns perfectly with the photograph.
See more of her Found Functions series at Nikkigraziano.com.

A hyperbolic parabloid

A bell curve in the sky

Surrounded by piles of snow last spring

A trigonometry function produces an ever-repeating wave of peaks and valleys that mirror the natural curves Graziano sees in plants

Nature speaks a language, Graziano says, and sometimes that language can look pretty complicated—like the function whose graph mirrors the shape of this pile of sand.

Graph, Domain and Range of An Absolute Value Function

Folium of Descartes

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