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The Mathematical Exercises of Ithiel Town

The Mathematical Exercises of Ithiel Town


Town’s mathematical manuscripts include numerous exercises that mirror the ideas of the Pearl Street geometry; interacting triangles as well as spiraling gestures that appear to be expressions of patterned exponential growth. These elegant spirals also take off from Town's personal signature, like an artistic monogram, and could reasonably be a version of the spiral movement suggested in the brickwork installation.

The Mathematical Exercises of Ithiel Town (1823-1840). Collection of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale U., New Haven, CT.



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