The Pattern of Beauty: The Art of Igor Bakshee
Is there a mathematical pattern for beauty? Since the time of the ancient Greeks, artists have investigated the relationship between aesthetically pleasing designs and their geometrical underpinnings. Usually this relation has been tenuous, since images built according to strict mathematical principles tend to appear lifeless and static. Yet, as this volume demonstrates, these images can be enlivened through the carefully controlled use of random elements.
Igor Bakshee has spent years investigating the visual effects produced by different kinds of randomness. He developed the Artlandia application, which gives artists a high degree of control over a wide variety of random processes. This volume shows the results of Bakshee's investigations. His careful mixture of order and chaos results in an extraordinary encyclopedia of beautiful patterns. Buy Online »
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"The books are an excellent reference work for designers, artists, and architects as well as people working in computer graphics, scientific visualization, and web page design."
"In the hands of artists... Mathematica has become a springboard to a new world of illustrative power."
"The art of Graphica will sometimes look like the creations of a human artist and sometimes like a familiar system in nature.... So, as with all mathematical art, what is presented here is a combination of the fundamental beauty of mathematical principles and the imagination of the artists."
—Computer Shopper UK
Igor Bakshee has worked in the electronics industry and held research and senior research positions in the Ukraine, Japan, and the United States. He has been a member of the Applications Development team at Wolfram Research, Inc. since 1994 and wrote the award-winning application Control System Professional. Dr. Bakshee has created highly successful designs for several major textile manufacturers in Japan and the United States. He is also the author of Artlandia, a Mathematica-based application for creative graphic design. Dr. Bakshee's artwork is highlighted in Graphica 2.