Artistic interpretations of mathematics

Lately there’s been a lot of discussion about the use of ChatGPT and other AI content generators in university settings.

Today, in a very un-serious post, I present some AI content of a different flavour: images generated from mathematical text prompts.

There’s some amazing image generators out there that allow you to write basically anything you want, even specifying the style of the artwork.

Here are some results of my recent experimentation with DALL-E by OpenAI.

A medieval tapestry of a university

It looks amazing at first glance, but look a little closer and it appears to be painted?

Some mathematicians in the style of John Everett Millais

I was happy to see diversity amongst the results! The man in the middle image seems to be losing some of his equations from the blackboard!

A mathematician in the style of Dalí

A change from Millais to Dalí turned out to be quite disconcerting…

A glass statue of an equation in sunlight

I was warned that anything involving text might come out a bit funky, and I was not disappointed….

A mathematician is a machine for turning coffee into theorems.

I was interested to know what DALL-E would do with this famous quote by Rényi. The result is rather terrifying (especially around the eyeball area):


I had to try the title of our blog – maybe there’s logo potential here?

The meaning of life

Drumroll please….

Well, I guess we’ll have to wait for the real answer to that one.

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