Architecture and Mathematics from Antiquity to the Future
Every age and every culture has relied on the incorporation of mathematics in their works of architecture to imbue the built environment with meaning and order. Mathematics is also central to the production of architecture, to its methods of measurement, fabrication and analysis. This two-volume edited collection presents a detailed portrait of the ways in which two seemingly different disciplines are interconnected. Over almost 100 chapters it illustrates and examines the relationship between architecture and mathematics. Contributors of these chapters come from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds: architects, mathematicians, historians, theoreticians, scientists and educators. Through this work, architecture may be seen and understood in a new light, by professionals as well as non-professionals.
Volume I covers architecture from antiquity through Egyptian, Mayan, Greek, Roman, Medieval, Inkan, Gothic and early Renaissance eras and styles. The themes that are covered range from symbolism and proportion to measurement and structural stability. From Europe to Africa, Asia and South America, the chapters span different countries, cultures and practices.
The most complete anthology addressing a broad panorama of topics regarding relationships between architecture and mathematicsRepresents the state of the art of multidisciplinary scholarship in architecture and mathematicsSections dealing with specific historical periods are interspersed with sections regarding theory pertinent to those periodsHard-to-find essays collected in a single workComprehensive introductory essays to both volumes by the editors providing a guide to the discipline