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Overview

Geometry is a dynamic branch of mathematics that also serves as a creative tool for engineers, artists, and architects. Squaring the Circle: Geometry in Art and Architecture includes all the topics necessary for a solid foundation in geometry and explores the timeless influence of geometry on art and architecture. The text offers wide-ranging exercise sets and related projects that allow students to practice and master the mathematics presented. Each chapter introduces mathematical concepts geometrically and illustrates their nontraditional applications in art and architecture throughout the centuries. Appropriate for both basic mathematics courses and cross-discipline courses in mathematics and art, Squaring the Circle requires no previous mathematics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470412121
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/10/2008
  • Series: Key Curriculum Press Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 554
  • Sales rank: 653,114
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul A. Calter is a Visiting Scholar at Dartmouth College andProfessor Emeritus of Mathematics at Vermont Technical College. Heis a book review editor of the Nexus Network Journal and hasinterests in both the fields of mathematics and art. He receivedhis B.S. from Cooper Union and his M.S. from Columbia University,both in engineering, and his Masters of Fine Arts Degree fromNorwich University. Calter has taught mathematics for overtwenty-five years and is the author of ten mathematics textbooksand a mystery novel. He has been an active painter and sculptorsince 1968, has had many solo shows and participated in dozens ofgroup art shows, and has permanent outdoor sculptures at a numberof locations. Calter developed a course called “Geometry inArt & Architecture,” which he has taught at DartmouthCollege and Vermont Technical College, and he has taught atDartmouth College and Vermont Technical College, and he has givenworkshops and lectures on the subject. Calter's own art isconcerned with astronomical and geometric themes; he searches for alink between the organic and geometric basis of beauty, what hasbeen called the philosopher's stone of aesthetics.

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Table of Contents

Preface.

To the Student.

To the Instructor.

Acknowledgments.

About the Author.

1. Music of the Spheres.

Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans.

PROFILE: PYTHAGORAS.

Ratio and Proportion.

Pythagoras and the Musical Ratios.

Sequences, Series, and Means.

Plato and the Musical Ratios.

PROFILE: PLATO.

The Musical Ratios in Architecture.

PROFILE: VITRUVIUS.

PROFILE: LEON BATTISTA ALBERTI.

PROFILE: ANDREA PALLADIO.

SUMMARY.

2. The Golden Ratio.

The Golden Ratio.

PROFILE: EUCLID.

The Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Ratio.

PROFILE: LEONARDO FIBONACCI.

The Golden Ratio in Architecture.

PROFILE: LE CORBUSIER.

SUMMARY.

3. The Triangle.

Angles Between Lines.

Triangles.

Right Triangles. Congruence, Symmetry, Isometry, andSimilarity.

SUMMARY.

4. Ad Quadratum and the Sacred Cut.

The Square.

The Rectangle.

Other Quadrilaterals.

The Rectangular Format in Painting.

PROFILE: GUSTAV THEODOR FECHNER.

PROFILE: JAY HAMBIDGE.

Architectural Proportions Based on the Square and theRectangle.

The Earthly and the Mundane.

SUMMARY.

5. Polygons, Tilings, and Sacred Geometry.

Polygons.

Pentagons and Pentagrams.

PROFILE: ALBRECHT DÜRER.

Other Polygons.

Tilings with Polygons.

SUMMARY.

 6. The Circle.

Geometry of the Circle.

Radians.

Lines Intersecting a Circle.

The Round Format in Art.

PROFILE: THE DELLA ROBBIA FAMILY.

The Circle as a Symbol in Art.

SUMMARY.

7. Circular Designs in Architecture.

More Circle Geometry.

The Circle in Gothic Architecture.

Round Windows.

Circular Ornamentation in Walls and Pavements.

Arches and Vaults.

The Vesica.

SUMMARY.

8. Squaring the Circle.

The Geometry of Squaring the Circle.

Squaring the Circle in the Great Pyramid.

Other Examples from Art and Architecture.

SUMMARY.

9. The Ellipse and the Spiral.

The Ellipse.

PROFILE: APOLLONIUS OF PERGA.

Graphing the Ellipse.

PROFILE: RENÉ DESCARTES.

The Spiral.

The Spiral in Art and Architecture.

SUMMARY.

10. The Solids.

Surfaces and Solids.

The Polyhedra.

Cylinders and Cones.

Similar Solids.

The Platonic Solids.

PROFILE: ARCHIMEDES.

The Creation—by Geometry?

Polyhedra in the Renaissance.

PROFILE: PIERO DELLA FRANCESCA.

PROFILE: LUCA PACIOLI.

Polyhedra as Art Motifs.

SUMMARY.

11. The Sphere and Celestial Themes in Art andArchitecture.

The Sphere.

The Dome.

The Terrestrial Sphere.

The Celestial Sphere.

PROFILE: JOHANNES KEPLER.

Time.

The Sphere and the Heavens as Art Motifs.

PROFILE: MAURITS CORNELIUS ESCHER.

PROFILE: DANTE ALIGHIERI.

PROFILE: GALILEO GALILEI.

SUMMARY.

12. Brunelleschi's Peepshow and the Origins ofPerspective.

What Is Perspective?

A Perspective Primer.

Paintings Before Perspective.

Setting the Stage.

Brunelleschi and Alberti.

PROFILE: FILIPPO BRUNELLESCHI.

Three Renaissance Artists.

PROFILE: DONATELLO.

PROFILE: MASACCIO.

PROFILE: ANDREA MANTEGNA.

Later Developments.

PROFILE: LEONARDO DA VINCI.

SUMMARY.

13. Fractals.

Dimension.

PROFILE: BENOIT B. MANDELBROT.

Self-Similarity.

How to Create a Fractal.

Fractal-Related Art.

SUMMARY.

Appendices.

A The Art–Math Tourist.

B Biographical Profiles.

C Listings of Constructions by Chapter.

D Index to Geometric Signs and Symbols.

E Number Symbolism and Famous Groupings in Art.

F Summary of Facts and Formulas.

G Bibliography.

H Selected Answers.

Index.

Photo Credits.

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