Surreal Numbers (Universal Structures III)

“You get surreal numbers by playing games. I used to feel guilty in Cambridge that I spent all day playing games, while I was supposed to be doing mathematics. Then, when I discovered surreal numbers, I realized that playing games IS mathematics.”

-John Horton Conway

vvv_no_1
First issue of VVV, published by David Hare in collaboration with Marcel Duchamp, André Breton, and Max Ernst
manrayjuliuscaesar
“Julius Caesar,” by Man Ray
cornell
“Untitled,” by Joseph Cornell
las_meninas_dali
“Las Meninas,” by Salvador Dali, after Diego Velasquez
de_chirico_evil_genius
“The Evil Genius of a King,” by Giorgio de Chirico
tanguy_imaginary_numbers
“Imaginary Numbers,” by Yves Tanguy
miro_untitled
“Untitled,” by Joan Miró
escher_red-ants
“Möbius Strip II,” by M.C. Escher
brauner_surrealist
“The Surrealist,” by Victor Brauner
magritte_pleasure_principle
“The Pleasure Principle (Portrait of Edward James),” by René Magritte