Mathematical Excursions to the World's Great Buildings by Alexander J. Hahn

By Alexander J. Hahn

From the pyramids and the Parthenon to the Sydney Opera residence and the Bilbao Guggenheim, this publication takes readers on an eye-opening travel of the maths in the back of a few of the world's such a lot awesome structures. fantastically illustrated, the booklet explores the milestones in straightforward arithmetic that liven up the certainty of those constructions and combines this with an in-depth examine their aesthetics, heritage, and constitution. no matter if utilizing trigonometry and vectors to provide an explanation for why Gothic arches are structurally better to Roman arches, or displaying how basic ruler and compass structures can produce subtle architectural information, Alexander Hahn describes the issues at which user-friendly arithmetic and structure intersect.

Beginning in prehistoric instances, Hahn proceeds to steer readers during the Greek, Roman, Islamic, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and smooth kinds. He explores the original gains of the Pantheon, the Hagia Sophia, the good Mosque of Cordoba, the Duomo in Florence, Palladio's villas, and Saint Peter's Basilica, in addition to the U.S. Capitol construction. Hahn celebrates the varieties and buildings of structure made attainable by way of mathematical achievements from Greek geometry, the Hindu-Arabic quantity approach, - and three-d coordinate geometry, and calculus. alongside the best way, Hahn introduces groundbreaking architects, together with Brunelleschi, Alberti, da Vinci, Bramante, Michelangelo, della Porta, Wren, Gaudí, Saarinen, Utzon, and Gehry.

Rich intimately, this ebook takes readers on an day trip world wide, supplying a deeper realizing of the mathematical forces at play within the world's so much based buildings.

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