Hamid Naderi Yeganeh (Persian: حمید نادری یگانه‎; born July 26, 1990 in Iran[1]) is an Iranian mathematical artist.[2][3][4] He is known for using mathematical formulas to create drawings of real-life objects, intricate illustrations, animations, fractals and tessellations.[5][6][7] His artwork 9,000 Ellipses was used as the background cover image of The American Mathematical Monthly - November 2017.[8][9][10]


Drawings of real-life objects

A Bird in Flight, by Hamid Naderi Yeganeh is an example of drawing real-life objects with math.[11]

Naderi Yeganeh has introduced two methods to draw real-life objects with mathematical formulas.[3] In the first method, he creates tens of thousands of computer-generated mathematical figures to find a few interesting shapes accidentally.[12] For example, by using this method, he found some shapes that resemble birds, fishes and sailing boats.[13][14][15] In the second method, he draws a real life object with a step-by-step process. In each step, he tries to find out which mathematical formulas will produce the drawing.[5][3] For example, by using this method, he drew birds in flight, butterflies, human faces and plants using trigonometric functions.[16][17][18][5]

Fractals and tessellations

He has designed some fractals and tessellations inspired by the continents.[19][20] For example, in 2015, he described the fractal Africa with an Africa-like octagon and its lateral inversion.[13][21]


Naderi Yeganeh received his bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Qom.[22] He won a gold medal at the 38th Iranian Mathematical Society’s Mathematics Competition in May 2014 and a silver medal at the 39th IMS’s Mathematics Competition in May 2015.[23][24][25]


Below are some examples of Yeganeh's mathematical figures:

by Hamid Naderi Yeganeh
A Bird in Flight
by Hamid Naderi Yeganeh
by Hamid Naderi Yeganeh


  1. ^ "دانشگاه قم/مصاحبه با آقای..." (in Persian). University of Qom. Retrieved April 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ Crum, Maddie (August 18, 2015). "These Delicate Drawings Are The Handiwork Of A Very Smart Computer". The Huffington Post. 
  3. ^ a b c Smith, Belinda (February 29, 2016). "The art and beauty of mathematics". Cosmos. 
  4. ^ Antonick, Gary (January 5, 2015). "The Chess Master". The New York Times (blog). 
  5. ^ a b c Naderi Yeganeh, Hamid (January 9, 2017). "How to Draw with Math". Scientific American (blog). 
  6. ^ MacDonald, Fiona (February 19, 2016). "7 times mathematics became art and blew our minds". Science Alert. 
  7. ^ Chung, Stephy (September 18, 2015). "Next da Vinci? Math genius using formulas to create fantastical works of art". CNN. 
  8. ^ "About the Cover". The American Mathematical Monthly. 124: 772. November 2017. Retrieved November 1, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Iranian Math Whiz Da Vinci Design on Cover of U.S. Mathematics Monthly". Kayhan. November 6, 2017. 
  10. ^ Naderi Yeganeh, Hamid (November 10, 2016). "These Beautiful Images Are Created By Drawing Ellipses". Huffington Post (blog). 
  11. ^ ""A Bird in Flight (2016)," by Hamid Naderi Yeganeh". American Mathematical Society. March 23, 2016. Retrieved March 29, 2017. 
  12. ^ Young, Lauren (January 19, 2016). "Math Is Beautiful". Science Friday. 
  13. ^ a b Bellos, Alex (February 24, 2015). "Catch of the day: mathematician nets weird, complex fish". The Guardian. 
  14. ^ Mellow, Glendon (August 6, 2015). "Mathematically Precise Crosshatching". Scientific American (blog). 
  15. ^ "This is not a bird (or a moustache)". Plus Magazine. January 8, 2015. Retrieved April 22, 2015. 
  16. ^ Naderi Yeganeh, Hamid (January 12, 2016). "Drawing Birds in Flight With Mathematics". Huffington Post (blog). 
  17. ^ ""Butterfly (1)," by Hamid Naderi Yeganeh". American Mathematical Society. March 23, 2016. Retrieved January 23, 2017. 
  18. ^ Naderi Yeganeh, Hamid (March 8, 2016). "Drawing Human Faces With Mathematics". Huffington Post (blog). 
  19. ^ Antonick, Gary (April 13, 2015). "The Tax Collector". The New York Times (blog). 
  20. ^ "Continents, Math Explorers' Club, and "I use math for…"". mathmunch.org. April 2015. Retrieved April 20, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Hamid Naderi Yeganeh: Fractal Africa". The De Morgan Forum - London Mathematical Society. September 21, 2016. Retrieved October 10, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Hamid Naderi Yeganeh". Huffington Post. Retrieved September 8, 2016. 
  23. ^ "ESMA Newsletter February 2015" (PDF). ESMA European Society for Mathematics and the Arts. February 2015. Retrieved March 19, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Math Art: Hamid Naderi Yeganeh". Washington University in St. Louis. February 2015. Retrieved March 19, 2015. 
  25. ^ "سی ونهمین مسابقه ریاضی دانشجویی کشور" (PDF) (in Persian). Iranian Mathematical Society. May 2015. Retrieved May 18, 2015. 
  26. ^ "Hamid Naderi Yeganeh, "Heart" (November 2014)". American Mathematical Society. November 2014. Retrieved March 29, 2015. 
  27. ^ ""A Bird in Flight (2015)," by Hamid Naderi Yeganeh". American Mathematical Society. September 16, 2015. Retrieved October 9, 2015. 
  28. ^ ""Boat," by Hamid Naderi Yeganeh". American Mathematical Society. September 16, 2015. Retrieved October 9, 2015. 

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