This is a documentary about M.C. Escher, an mathematician famous for his art based in mathematical
ideas. M.C. Escher is also known as
Maurits Cornelis Escher. He may be
called the most visually stunning mathematician ever.
The Dutch artist M.C. Escher is best known for his often mesmerizing geometrical images whose playfulness obscures
a sophisticated grasp of mathematical theory. Dreaming the Impossible looks at the remarkable career and mathematical
inspirations of this remarkable artist. M. C. Escher, born 6.17.1898, was a Dutch graphic artist known worldwide for
his mathematically inspired woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints that feature impossible constructions, exploration
of infinity, architecture, and tessellations of the euclidean and hyperbolic plane. Of all major artists of the 20th
Century, none was more influenced by maths than the Dutch artist MC Escher. Throughout his career, this superb draftsman
produced images that explored (and exploited) mathematical ideas.
Documentary Description
BBC FOUR celebrated mathematics and the beauty of numbers with a series of programs about this most precise and exacting
of all intellectual disciplines. Throughout the night, the channel showed films offering insights into the minds of great
mathematicians, revealing the stories behind some of the great mathematical breakthroughs. The BBC's celebration of
mathematics has a strong Oxford flavour: Marcus du Sautoy presents `Music of the Primes'. `Breaking the Code' draws on
Andrew Hodges' biography of Alan Turing; many of the mathematical ideas in Escher's work were suggested by Roger Penrose;
and of course Andrew Wiles was an Oxford undergraduate.
