Archimedes

Geometrical Objects

Architecture and the Mathematical Sciences 1400-1800

Editors: Gerbino, Anthony (Ed.)

  • First edited collection specifically concerned with mathematical and architectural practice in the early modern period
  • Provides a synthesis of both older and current scholarship, while also setting out an agenda for future research
  • Genuinely interdisciplinary in both subject matter and approach
  • Draws on original archival and documentary research
  • Richly illustrated with photographs and original drawings, many never-before published
  • Contributions by eminent scholars from North America and Europe
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About this book

This volume explores the mathematical character of architectural practice in diverse pre- and early modern contexts. It takes an explicitly interdisciplinary approach, which unites scholarship in early modern architecture with recent work in the history of science, in particular, on the role of practice in the “scientific revolution”. As a contribution to architectural history, the volume contextualizes design and construction in terms of contemporary mathematical knowledge, attendant forms of mathematical practice, and relevant social distinctions between the mathematical professions. As a contribution to the history of science, the volume presents a series of micro-historical studies that highlight issues of process, materiality, and knowledge production in specific, situated, practical contexts. Our approach sees the designer’s studio, the stone-yard, the drawing floor, and construction site not merely as places where the architectural object takes shape, but where mathematical knowledge itself is deployed, exchanged, and amplified among various participants in the building process.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Gerbino, Anthony

    Pages 1-41

  • Proportion and Continuous Variation in Vitruvius’s De Architectura

    Cache, Bernard

    Pages 47-58

  • The Palazzo del Podestà in Bologna: Precision and Tolerance in a Building all’Antica

    Benelli, Francesco

    Pages 61-77

  • Practical Mathematics in the Drawings of Baldassarre Peruzzi and Antonio da Sangallo the Younger

    Huppert, Ann C.

    Pages 79-106

  • Geometric Survey and Urban Design: A Project for the Rome of Paul IV (1555–1559)

    Friedman, David

    Pages 107-134

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eBook $139.00
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Hardcover $179.00
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $179.00
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  • Due: November 3, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-35923-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Geometrical Objects
Book Subtitle
Architecture and the Mathematical Sciences 1400-1800
Editors
  • Anthony Gerbino
Series Title
Archimedes
Series Volume
38
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-05998-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-05998-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-05997-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-35923-6
Series ISSN
1385-0180
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 318
Number of Illustrations and Tables
105 b/w illustrations, 43 illustrations in colour
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