Maria Mannone

Subject Expert, Freelance Artist
Department of Mathematics and Informatics, University of Palermo

If we can see mathematical beauty as an abstract idealization, beauty in nature reminds of the perfection of concrete forms. Trying to join these two conceptions of beauty and form, in "Fish Math" I used abstract shapes obtained as graphs of parametric equations, as well as revolution solids, to imitate an oceanic landscape, with fish, algae, and shells. Mathematics is alive as an ocean, and natural forms can be perfect and inspiring as math!

Fish Math
Fish Math
30 x 23 cm

The image, inspired by the ocean, contains graphs of parametric equations and revolution solids implemented with Mathematica software, e.g., for some fish:
RevolutionPlot3D[Sin[t]/2, {t, -Pi/4, Pi}, RevolutionAxis -> "X",
Axes -> None, Mesh -> False, Boxed -> False, Background -> Black,
ColorFunction -> (ColorData["Aquamarine"][#4] &)]
And, for some algae:
ParametricPlot3D[{Cos[u] Sin[v], Sin[u] Sin[v], u^2}, {u, 0,
2 Pi}, {v, 0, 10 Pi}, Mesh -> None, Axes -> None, Boxed -> False,
ColorFunction -> (ColorData["AvocadoColors"][#1] &)]
Colors of each single figure have also been defined within Mathematica coding. The figures have then been put together within a Keynote document with a gradient color background.