Is nature best understood through reasoned mathematical thinking, or through instinct? The mixture of rationality and intuition is volatile yet perhaps necessary in constructing pieces that can catalyse aesthetic experience. Employing techniques and finding a balance in their use is a problem all artists face. Some artists have found number of value for both aspects. Whether the meaning of number for them is divine, or a true expression of nature and reality or simply a rational principle of organisation and generator of materials, many of the works endure. Number has proven itself, not as the solution to all problems, but as a worthwhile contributor to artistic discourse and aesthetic experience.
- Brian Evans, Vanderbilt University Computer Center, USA