Judith Silver

Professor of Mathematics
Marshall University
Huntington, West Virginia

My work has been developed in conjunction with an art and mathematics seminar for the Yeager Scholars at Marshall University. Each piece is designed to illustrate a mathematical concept.

Logarithmic Dream
Logarithmic Dream
31 x 25 inches

The logarithmic spiral is one of the most beautiful curves in mathematics. In particular, this composition was inspired by the function 1/ln(r) -.25. The spirals were made from bendable metal rods, which were wrapped around a wooden jig shaped like the biblical "Tower of Babel". Each spiral was clipped so that consecutive diameters would approximate the golden ratio (about .618).