Perturbation”  Jan Anders Nelson 2015, entry in the Concinnitas Studio

The Concinnitas Project is a portfolio of 10 aquatints, visualizations by these remarkable individuals:  Michael Atiyah, Enrico Bombieri, Simon Donaldson, Freeman Dyson, Murray Gell-Mann, Richard Karp, Peter Lax, David Mumford, Stephen Smale, and Steven Weinberg.

The portfolio is a limited edition set that has traveled to several museums and art galleries world-wide since inception in 2012, currently on display at the Nancy Hoffman Gallery in New York City from December 17 through January 23, 2016

The project, also featured in the December, 2015 issue of “Scientific American”, grew out of a chance meeting between Robert Feldman of Parasol Press and Daniel Rockmore, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Dartmouth College.  Their collaboration grew from 2014 through 2014 to connect with a series of illustrious scientists and mathematicians who were commissioned to create a drawing of a mathematical expression most meaningful to them, along with their thoughts about that work.

The word, concinnitas, was used by the Renaissances artist and architect Leon Battista Alberti to describe his ideas of how the geometry of number, line and position combined to define a work of art.  Mathematics was intertwined with the essence of his art.


“Color”  SU3 Symmetry Group Exactly Conserved,  Murray Gell-Mann

From the note accompanying Murry Gell-Mann’s drawing, “Color” he states:

“The expression presented here embodies the Lagrangian of quantum chromodynamics (“QCD”), the mathematical representation encoding the dynamics of the strong interaction, one of the fundamental physical forces along with gravitation and the weak, and electromagnetic forces. It is “beautiful” because it contains some truth.”

I love this project’s presentation of the confluence of math and art and encourage you to engage with the images and notes while on display at the Nancy Hoffman Gallery or other venues, to visit the project website and to submit your own beautiful truth into the Concinnitas Studio!


Jan Anders Nelson

Gig Harbor, Washington



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