Emanuela Ughi

Tenured Researcher of Mathematics
Dipartimento di Matematica e Informatica - Università di Perugia - Italy
Perugia - Italy

All my life I have loved geometrical shapes, and there is nothing I enjoy more than inspiring others to love them, too. I have always found it difficult, though, to describe the mental images of mathematical objects through words alone. It was for this reason that I began constructing geometrical objects: art works, manipulatives, puzzles, and more - to communicate the elegance and beauty of shape. And I have seen, time and again how, by viewing and handling complex objects in concrete form, people of all ages glean an appreciation for – and understanding of – them. It is a joy for me to hear the astonished exclamation: “Ohhhh!” when someone has grasped a mathematical concept through the medium of one of my objects.

Equiangular Falcon's Flight
Equiangular Falcon's Flight
31 x 31 cm
Wood, Epoxy Resin

A translucent image to remind the spiral shape of the flight of the falcon, generated by geometric and physical reasons (the lateral position of the falcon's eye, and the need for keeping its head straight to better fly).