Robert Dixon (mathematician)

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Robert Dixon (born 1947) is a mathematician and graphic artist, known primarily for his book Mathographics[1] and for his plagiarism dispute with Damien Hirst.[2] Dixon was a research associate at the Royal College of Art.

He complained in 2004 that a circular pattern Hirst produced for a children's colouring book was a copy of one of his works.[2]

In 2006, Dixon said that Hirst's print Valium had "unmistakable similarities" to one of his own designs. Hirst's manager contested this by explaining the origin of Hirst's piece was from a book The Penguin Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Geometry (1991)—not realising this was one place where Dixon's design had been published.[3][4]


  1. ^ Mathographics at Google Books
  2. ^ a b Widdup, Ellen (24 October 2006). "Can you spot the difference". London Evening Standard. 
  3. ^ Alberge, Dalya. (14 August 2003). "Spot the difference as artist accuses Hirst of copying", The Times. Retrieved 8 February 2008.
  4. ^ Alberge, Dalya. (27 June 2007). "My old friend Damien stole my skull idea", The Times. Retrieved 10 December 2007.