The Geometry of an Art: The History of the Mathematical Theory of Perspective from Alberti to Monge / Edition 1

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This review of literature on perspective constructions from the Renaissance through the 18th century covers 175 authors, emphasizing Peiro della Francesca, Guidobaldo del Monte, Simon Stevin, Brook Taylor, and Johann Heinrich. It treats such topics as the various methods of constructing perspective, the development of theories underlying the constructions, and the communication between mathematicians and artisans in these developments.

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"The book in question is a survey of the history of this subject … . I do not know the author, but I came to trust her voice in the book, to trust her honesty and her judgments. I appreciated the clarity of her illustrations and her concern for the reader’s understanding. I found the book to be carefully written, and I was impressed with the immense amount of work that must have gone into writing it." (Greg St. George, Zentralblatt für Didaktik der Mathematik, Vol. 39, 2007)

"I was very pleased to find Kristi Andersen’s book on the history of the geometrical evolution of perspective. … Reading it from the point of view of someone who is interested in geometry as well as art, it is a fascinating book, but it also has much to offer the historian of mathematics. … it is extremely well produced and researched and makes an invaluable contribution to the literature on perspective as well as the history of geometry." (John Sharp, Journal of Mathematics and the Arts, Vol. 1 (4), 2007)

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Table of Contents

The Birth of Perspective.- Alberti and Piero della Francesca.- Leonardo da Vinci.- Italy in the Cinquecento.- North of the Alps Before 1600.- The Birth of the Mathematical Theory of Perspective Guidobaldo and Stevin.- The Dutch Development after Stevin.- Italy after Guidobaldo.- France and the Southern Netherlands after 1600.- Britain.- The German-Speaking Areas after 1600.- Lambert.- Monge Closing a Circle.- Summing Up.

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