# Medieval Math: Khayyam-Pascal, Punctum Caecum series, 2015

above: *Khayyam-Pascal**;* detail

*Khayyam-Pascal*, Punctum Caecum series, 2015

In ** Khayyam-Pascal** installation, 2015-2016, I screen-printed layers of mathematical diagrams and binomial coefficient (numbers), Khayyam’s mathematics manuscript page and Sierpiński’s triangle patterns on 160-360 hand-cut felt triangles. The pyramid pattern of the installation resembles Pascal Triangle. In mathematics Pascal triangle is a triangular array of the binomial coefficients. It is named after the 17

^{th}century French mathematician, Blaise Pascal. However, the 12

^{th}century Iranian mathematician, Khayyam, had studied it centuries before Pascal. Through this installation I pay homage to both mathematicians.

*Khayyam-Pascal, *2015, silkscreen on 160 hand-cut felt triangles and magnets, 10 x 4 feet

InSpace Curatorial Gallery, San Francisco, CA

(The gallery is in Pacific Felt Factory building which was a former felt factor in the San Francisco Mission that was renovated into a gallery and studio spaces for artists)

*Khayyam-Pascal, *2015, silkscreen on hand-cut felt triangles and magnets, 10 x 4 feet

*Khayyam-Pascal, *2015, silkscreen on 160 hand-cut felt triangles and magnets, 10 x 4 feet

*Khayyam-Pascal, *detail

*Khayyam-Pascal*, 2016, silkscreen on 360 hand-cut felt triangles, 7 x 16 feet, California State University, Stanislaus

*Khayyam-Pascal*, 2016, California State University, Stanislaus

*Khayyam-Pascal*, installation in process

*Khayyam-Pascal*, 2016, silkscreen on 144 hand-cut felt triangles, 8 x 10 feet, West Wing Gallery, Seattle, WA

*Khayyam-Pascal*, 2016, laser etched wood triangles and screws, mock-up for a permanent installation, 69″x 40″

*Khayyam-Pascal, *laser etched wood triangles, detail

## Research

Blaise Pascal’s version of the triangle Rows zero to five of Pascal’s triangle

“At around the same time, it was discussed in Persia (Iran) by the Persian mathematician. It was later repeated by the Persian poet-astronomer-mathematician Omar Khayyám (1048–1131); thus the triangle is referred to as the Khayyam-Pascal triangle or Khayyam triangle in Iran”

The pattern obtained by coloring only the odd numbers in Pascal’s triangle closely resembles the fractal called the Sierpinski triangle