[Surfnetkids: 04 June 2008] M.C. Escher

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1. Introduction
2. Sponsor’s Spot: Help with Credit Cards
3. Weekly Topic: M.C. Escher
4. What You Missed This Week
5. Related Games
6. Quote of the Week
7. Subscription Management

#1. June 4, 2008

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Barbara,

"Yesterday it was my birthday. I hung one more year on the line." Those of you familiar with these words from Paul Simon have some idea how old I am! The song goes on, " I should be depressed. My life’s a mess. But I’m having a good time." Well, my life is not a mess. I’m not depressed. But I am having a good time. Happy Birthday to me!

Oh… and if you have any 4th of July jokes to share … we would love to have them over at Jokes By Kids.

See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"

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#3. M.C. Escher

by Barbara J. Feldman

M.C. Escher Printable (** for premium members only)

M.C. Escher (1898-1972) was a Dutch illustrator known for his optical illusions, tessellated repeating patterns, and intricately detailed black-and-white images illustrating mathematical principals. View his work, and learn more, at the following M.C. Escher sites.

Escher in The Palace
First thing you’ll probably notice, is that this site is in Dutch. Don’t leave yet! Just click the English tab on the left-hand nav menu, and the site will switch to English. The Palace is the Lange Voorhout Palace in The Hague which now houses an M.C. Escher museum. Click on "Go Inside" for a unique tour that feels as if you are stepping into the artwork. Read more about the artist and his work in the "Art of Escher" section. "Escher’s appeal is timeless and he is appreciated by all kinds of people for his artistic quality as well as for his technical genius."

Escher and the Droste Effect
Named after the image on a box of Droste brand chocolate, the Drost effect is a Dutch term for a recursive image that includes a picture of itself. Escher is famous for playing with this kind of infinite repetition. Escher’s The Print Gallery is an illustration of a man looking at painting in a gallery, that includes a window into the gallery showing the same man looking at the same painting. This website from the math department at Leiden University, analyzes the painting and aims to answer questions, such as "What’s in the blurry white hole in the middle?"

Math Academy: Mathematical Art of M.C. Escher
"Among his [Escher’s] greatest admirers were mathematicians, who recognized in his work an extraordinary visualization of mathematical principles. This was the more remarkable in that Escher had no formal mathematics training beyond secondary school." Visit to learn how Escher used Euclidean geometry, non-Euclidean space, topology, tesselations, Penrose triangles, and concepts of infinity in his artwork. Be sure to click through on the thumbnail images to view bigger pictures.

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#4. What You’re Missing This Week

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#5. Related Games

Escher Waterfall Scrambler

Escher Drawing Hands Jigsaw

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#6.Quote of the Week

"Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible. I think it’s in my basement… let me go upstairs and check." ~~ M. C. Escher (June 18, 1898 – March 27, 1972) Dutch artist, famous for his tessellations.

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