Oxford Mathematics Online Exhibition 2021

Oxford Mathematics Online Exhibition 2021

Alongside the mathematics, the Andrew Wiles Building, home to Oxford Mathematics, has always been a venue for art, whether on canvas, sculpture, photography or even embedded in the maths itself.

Following the success of  the Oxford Mathematics Online Exhibition in 2020, we again invited our mathematicians to share with us their creativity. These are the results from the latest round of submissions.

Prize winners

Joshua Bull - Agent-based model coasters

Vicky Neale - Knitted Scarves

Arun Soor - Origami Spiral

Nadja Vohradsky - Bascetta Star

Joel Madly - Triangular mesh with fractal behaviour


A triangular mesh showing fractal behaviour

This triangular mesh is the accidental result of a dissertation on adaptive finite element method algorithms. The fractal behaviour was first observed in a stress test of a proprietary refinement algorithm, similar to Kobbelt's root 3 subdivision. 

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Maxi Purewal - Folded Reindeer


A paper reindeer folded from crease pattern.

This reindeer, designed by Satoshi Kamiya (the designs for his models can be found here) was folded by Maxi Purewal from crease pattern – without diagrams.

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Andrew Krause - Turing Pattern Faces

Commended entries

Evan Nedyalkov - Mathematician Sketches

Zhaorui Xu - Map of Mathematopia

Alvaro Gonzalez Hernandez - Circle Packing Cheesecakes


Cheesecakes packed with blueberries.

A circle packing is a way of arranging circles inside a given boundary such that no two overlap and some of them are mutually tangent.

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Patrick Nairne - Sol


The geometry of Sol in an image. Towards the top the lines tend to flow forward/back. But as you look down they begin to flow from left to right.

Sol is a three-dimensional (left/right, forward/back, up/down) space with the following bizarre property.

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Renaud Lambiotte - Blackboard


A blackboard with multiple layers of work overlaid.

In this photograph, I have been overlaying pictures of my (virtual) black board of the last couple of weeks. A good representation of my messy state of mind:-)

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Romy Williamson - Rubik's Cube


This is a Rubik’s cube of my own design. It’s made from 156 squares of paper, and other things I had on my desk. The Rubik’s cube is a popular example of Group Theory in real life.

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Sam Palmer - Polyrhythms

Polyrhythms are a rare gem in music. They appear in a range of contexts from Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody to tribal African music. Polyrhythm refers to multiple rhythms happening at the same time, for example having one melody playing three beats per bar while another melody plays four beats in the same bar. This is a little melody I wrote where most of the time the bass notes are playing in three time and the high notes are in four time.

Sam Palmer is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Mathematical Institute.

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Vicky Neale - Friendship Bracelets

Wout Moltmaker - Seifert Surface

Tom Crawford - Mandelbulb

Alvaro Gonzalez Hernandez - Aperiodic Tiling Flower Pots

Siddiq Islam - Love-Heart-Shaped Curve Song



A Maths song.

Siddiq Islam is an undergraduate student at Oriel College.

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Andrew Krause - Pattern Forming Snake

Martin Parker - Diffusion limited aggregation



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Aidan Strong - Bach Crab Canon


Here I play one of the canons from Bach's 'Musical Offering', which is one of Bach's most complex and mathematical works. The musical offering is filled with devices such as canons, augmentations, and retrogrades, each of which can be thought of as translations, stretches, and reflections of the music in the time axis respectively. 

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