Maths on Holiday

We have seen many great pictures on Twitter recently tagged #mathsonholiday.

Looking back over some previous posts, I thought I would check and update some holiday-themed posts.

An Italian holiday included a visit to the wonderful National Cinema Museum in Turin – see the Mathematics in the Movies post.

National Cinema Museum, Turin- Photograph by David Young
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Milan Cathedral – photo by Sophie Young

Visiting Milan and wandering around the lovely Cathedral (one of the largest in Europe) I was struck by the geometry all around!

Some interesting sites on Mathematics and architecture:

From Maths Careers, see Interesting Buildings Based on Mathematics and from Tripbase, 9 Most Mathematically Interesting Buildings in the World.

The Tripbase article includes the cathedral in Barcelona Designed by Antoni Gaudi. 

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Barcelona – Cathedral – photo by David Young

For some further reading Plus Magazine has an article on Perfect buildings: the maths of modern architecture by Marianne Freiberger.


A great resource on TES for when we get back to school is Laura Wilson’s Plans and Elevations, a PowerPoint of images showing plans and elevations of some famous buildings.

Holiday Pictures

All photographs by David Young, taken in the attic space of the Casa Milà Barcelona a building designed by Antoni Gaudí, constructed between 1906 and 1910.

cosh x Desmos image

Imaginary Exhibition


I do like to keep my eye open for mathematical pictures hence: (see Tetrahedral Numbers on Mathisfun)

Neuwied Schloss cannons Photograph by David Young
Neuwied Schloss Cannons –  Photograph by David Young
Bottle sequence
Barrel holding equivalent of 200,000 bottles


The Mercier champagne barrel which contained 200,000 bottles of Mercier Champagne, Mercier Champagne House, Epernay France

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