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Review: Le Quattro Volte

There's more to Pythagoras than his theorem concerning right triangles.
Pythagoras, beyond the theorem
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 15, 2011

At RISD: Art, science, and what's wrong with ATMs

Among the most prominent solutions offered up for our present economic malaise and the broader decline of the republic: a robust investment in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 21, 2011
Pics from Wu-Tang at the Wilbur (Second Show Next Monday)

Pics from Wu-Tang at the Wilbur (Second Show Next Monday)

Wu-Tang, while always good for an unexpected turn or two, did something absolutely unprecedented at their Boston show last week: they showed up on time....
By Chris Faraone  |  December 29, 2010

Deep blue

If you’re going to explore the cosmos, better do it at night.
Grace DeGennaro’s ‘Indigo’ at Aucocisco
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  April 02, 2010

Dynamic duo

Faculty exhibitions tend to be hodgepodges, no matter how prestigious the school. But "Sabbatical Exhibition" is a delightful exception.
Doug Bosch and Stephen Fisher in RIC’s ‘Sabbatical Exhibition’
By GREG COOK  |  March 12, 2010

Mathematics | Return Of The Wu & Friends

As chairman, muse, and beatmaker for the Wu-Tang Clan, RZA casts a shadow big enough to shade all but a few marquee members of his extended family.
Gold Dust Media (2010)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 05, 2010


Airing it out

New York painter Eve Aschheim has said that she uses geometry in her abstractions "to 'think about' the intersection of nature and cityscape. My works might suggest the chaotic geometry of the city, the expectant stillness of air, the tenuous balance o
Works by Aschheim, Buck, Gottlieb, and Prine
By GREG COOK  |  November 27, 2009

Fleecing, stealing, shilling, and sucking with impunity

Over the busy holiday season, a tremendous wealth of worthless music-news tidbits slipped through the cracks, unnoticed by a lethargic, goose-sated America.
The Big Hurt: Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 06, 2009

Follow the leader

What makes a man lust for the high score?
Geometry Wars 2 shoots and scores
By MITCH KRPATA  |  August 12, 2008

Mind games

The troupe at Roger Williams University’s Barn Summer Playhouse is taking on the delicate drama  Proof  with satisfying finesse.
RWU’s intriguing Proof
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 16, 2008

The dine-out set

Mim’s on Commercial Street is one of Portland’s best places to ponder life from the perspective of set theory.
Mim's confluence of influences
By BRIAN DUFF  |  May 14, 2008


Ah, painting!

“Big Bang! Abstract Painting for the 21st Century” rounds up 15 painters who reinvigorate abstraction by drawing inspiration and imagery from computers, stars and constellations, quantum physics, data mapping, the Internet, genetics, squiggly microscopic
At the DeCordova, abstraction is new again
By GREG COOK  |  January 29, 2007

Light reading

Maybe writers should avoid the light, whether describing its effect or analyzing its nature, and instead leave it to experts like painters and physicists to worry about.
Thomas Pynchon’s up Against the Day
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 14, 2006

Head for the hills

Comparative mythology suggests a motif classified as the “axis mundi” and often represented by distinct cultures as a cosmic mountain or tree.
The spiritual journey of Hilary Irons’s “Sheetrock Mountain”
By IAN PAIGE  |  August 30, 2006

Largest US math group quietly calculates in Providence

Located just a sphere’s throw from the Charles Street on-ramp to I-95 is the Providence headquarters of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), the country’s largest mathematics organization.
City watch
By TIM LEHNERT  |  March 01, 2006