After years of work, the book and CD-ROM M.C.
Escher’s Legacy, edited by Doris Schattschneider, professor
emerita of mathematics, has been published by Springer-Verlag,
Heidelberg. Doris reports that at the joint meeting of the
American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association
of America, January 17 in Baltimore, the publisher sold out
its allotment of books in no time.
An outgrowth of an international congress
in 1998, held in Rome and Ravello, Italy, to celebrate the
100th anniversary of the birth of the Dutch graphic artist
M.C. Escher, the book contains 40 articles by authors from
11 different countries, commenting on Escher’s work
and its influence on their creative lives. The CD-ROM is an
extension of the book that offers artworks, photos, movies,
animations, interactive demos, and puzzles. Check it out at
the www.springer.de website.
In connection with the exhibit “Stairway
to Nowhere: The Art of M.C. Escher” at the Bruce Museum
in Greenwich, Connecticut, Doris gave a slide-lecture January
29 called “Visions of Symmetry: Mathematics and the
Art of M.C. Escher.” She will speak on her fascination
with Escher on April 7 as part of the Monday Night Speakers
Series at the College.
David Schattschneider, dean emeritus of Moravian
Theological Seminary, also is busy. His review of The
Moravian Church and the Missionary Awakening in England:
1760-1800 by John C.S. Mason appeared in the December issue of Church
History: Studies in Christianity & Culture, the journal
of the American Society of Church History.