The worlds of math, science and art are not really so separate, even though by education and conventional wisdom many people think they are. Steve Jobs’ intuitions about engineering and art led to some of the most successful and widely used technology ever created. He knew that computing by itself wasn’t enough for the mass appeal he sought; instead, the technology needed a compelling design.
The designs of Dutch artist M.C. Escher (1898-1972) show a deep and insightful connection to mathematics. Escher was fascinated by geometry. His work pre-figured a school of mathematics now known as fractal geometry, which explores “self-similar” repeating geometric shapes.
Here’s an Escher design about self-similar geometry: