Descartes for Dummies

”We’re living in Escher’s world it seems / we’re wide awake within our dreams.” The couplet comes from a CD by the 1990s band Chagall Guevara. The “Escher” they sing about is Maurits Cornelis “M.C.” Escher, the 20th-century Dutch artist of impossible visions that appear possible because of their mathematical exactitude.

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