Ronnie Brown and John Robinson discussing his Symbolic Sculpture
in the garden of his Somerset Studio. The sculpture has been adopted by
the School of Mathematics, University of Wales, Bangor, as their Logo

`I think the one thing that sets us apart from all other forms of life is our Artistic Creativity. The earliest works of art used by our Cro Magnon ancestors to communicate with the Unkown were Symbols, and more often than not these were based on Mathematical patterns. I believe the first paintings and sculptures were DOTs, and the DOT can also be looked upon as the beginning of Geometry.'

John Robinson

'Our aim is to popularise Mathematics by presenting John Robinson's extraordinary Sculptures and their links with Mathematics and Science. Mathematics is the study of patterns and structures, and the expression and description of these in terms of a language which allows for understanding, deduction and calculation. This is why it yields a necessary language for many aspects of science, technology and human activity, and so is strongly associated with utility and applications. It is also associated with achievement, in unravelling the complexities of the structures it studies.

The combination of Mathematics with John's Symbolic Sculptures gives us a sense of excitement and wonder at the beauty and originality of these forms, patterns and structures, and enhances our wish to study them for their own sakes.'

Ronnie Brown



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