## Maurits Escher (1898 - 1972)

By keenly confronting the enigmas that surround us, and by considering and analysing the observations that I have made, I ended up in the domain of mathematics, Although I am absolutely without training in the exact sciences, I often seem to have more in common with mathematicians than with my fellow artists.

Quoted in E Maor, *To infinity and beyond* (Princeton 1991)