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The works of the Dutch graphic artist, Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898- 1972), have intrigued and delighted for generations. His distortions of space and time, steeped in fantastical imagery, have created a dedicated following around the world. But who was the man behind the intricate and mysterious designs? What inspired his unique and often bizarre prints? And what are the mathematical principals at work in so much of Escher's art? Through first-person accounts by his friends and mathematicians, computer animated recreations of his work and a look at his sources of inspiration in Italy and Spain, The Fantastic World of M.C. Escher answers these questions and more in an engaging exploration that will enrich the understanding and appreciation of Escher and his art.