Arts Sciences & Landscape


Art and anatomy

Leonardo da Vinci Anatomist

To be an artist during the Renaissance was, for many, to be an anatomist. As European artists turned towards more lifelike portrayals of the human body, they needed a deeper understanding of how the structures of the body worked together – and not only the surface of the body; the muscles and bones as seen through the skin were also of interest. Artists and anatomists worked together to investigate the body through dissection. They produced images of the body that combined medical knowledge and an artistic vision of humanity's place in the world. Web site:

Mathematical Sciences Investigation (MSI): Anatomy of Integers and Permutations (2013) from Tommy Britt on Vimeo.

This video is an extended trailer for the upcoming documentary companion to "Mathematical Sciences Investigation (MSI): Anatomy of Integers and Permutations". Since its inception in 2009, "MSI" has evolved into a multi-platform media event. First advertised as "an experimental work that blurs the boundaries between pure mathematics, film, and live performance", the project also includes an innovative musical score and will culminate in a graphic novel published by Princeton University Press. This extended trailer for the documentary film (directed by Thomas Britt) introduces viewers to characters that represent the various strands of "MSI".