Corresponding Editor for Didactics, Nexus Network Journal
Area of study: The relationship between mathematics and architecture, especially for educational purposes at secondary school level
Geographic area: Scandinavia
Jesper Matthiasen received a M.Sc. in mathematics and physics from Aarhus University, Denmark, in 1988. He has afterwards made supplementary studies in history of arts at Aarhus University due to an interest in mathematics combined with both architecture and visual arts.
For many years Jesper Matthiasen has been involved in projects for upper secondary schools combining mathematics with architecture, art and design – most of them together with Ivan Tafteberg Jakobsen.
The newest activities have been in-service courses for mathematics teachers about mathematics and architecture as well as four study tours for teachers to Barcelona during the years 2008 – 2011 arranged jointly with Ivan Tafteberg Jakobsen. The main purpose of these efforts has been to present mathematical aspects of buildings that are understandable at an elementary level, mathematically interesting, and important for the overall understanding of the buildings and designs.
Apart from this he has also been interested in the border areas between mathematics and historical navigation and surveying, where, also jointly with Ivan Tafteberg Jakobsen, he has developed teaching material and created collections of historical instruments that can be borrowed by secondary schools.
Jesper Matthiasen is currently writing a biography of the Danish painter Steffen Jørgensen – an artist unique in European history of arts, combining different topics from mathematics with traditional painting.
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