Math and the Mona Lisa

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How did Leonardo da Vinci use math to influence the way we see the Mona Lisa? And how does our visual system affect our perception of that, and other, works of art? A look at math, biology and the science of viewing art.


Bulent Atalay, author "Math and the Mona Lisa: The Art and Science of Leonardo daVinci. Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Professor of Physics at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va.

Margaret Livingstone, author of Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing. Professor of neurobiology, Harvard Medical School



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