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Geometrical Objects

Architecture and the Mathematical Sciences 1400-1800

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  • 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
  • Includes supplementary material:

Part of the book series: Archimedes (ARIM, volume 38)

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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.

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Foundations

  2. The Baroque Institutional Context

  3. Architecture and Mathematical Practice in the Enlightenment

Editors and Affiliations

  • Art History and Visual Studies, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom

    Anthony Gerbino

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Geometrical Objects

  • Book Subtitle: Architecture and the Mathematical Sciences 1400-1800

  • Editors: Anthony Gerbino

  • Series Title: Archimedes

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Engineering, Engineering (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-05997-6Published: 05 August 2014

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-35923-6Published: 17 September 2016

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-05998-3Published: 21 July 2014

  • Series ISSN: 1385-0180

  • Series E-ISSN: 2215-0064

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIV, 318

  • Number of Illustrations: 105 b/w illustrations, 43 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Architectural History and Theory, History of Science, History, general

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