Carl B. Allendoerfer (Artwork)
Carl B. Allendoerfer Digital Print 2016

An image of the mathematician Carl B. Allendoerfer rendered using a regular grid of ellipses.

Background and Inspiration

The October 2016 cover of Mathematics Magazine.

This work was originally done for use as cover art for the October 2016 issue of Mathematics Magazine and was inspired by the annual Carl B. Allendoerfer Awards announced in that issue. From the Mathematics Association of America (MAA): The Carl B. Allendoerfer Award, established in 1976, is made to authors of expository articles published in Mathematics Magazine. Carl B. Allendoerfer, a distinguished mathematician at the University of Washington, served as president of the Mathematical Association of America, 1959-60. This is the ninth of 25 original artworks I created for the journal Mathematics Magazine during 2015–2019.

A public domain image of Allendoerfer was converted into an 64 by 64 array of ellipses where the size of the ellipse corresponds to the original image brightness. The ellipse orientation depends on the image gradient, which enhances the region boundaries in the image.

Related Works

Publication History

  • Mathematics Magazine, Cover Art, Vol. 89, No. 4, October 2016.