2014 | Buch
Geometrical Objects
Architecture and the Mathematical Sciences 1400-1800
Buchreihe: Archimedes
Herausgeber: Anthony Gerbino
Verlag: Springer International Publishing
Print ISBN: 978-3-319-05997-6
Electronic ISBN: 978-3-319-05998-3
2014 | Buch
Buchreihe: Archimedes
Herausgeber: Anthony Gerbino
Verlag: Springer International Publishing
Print ISBN: 978-3-319-05997-6
Electronic ISBN: 978-3-319-05998-3
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.