by Kim Williams, editor
Nexus II: Architecture and Mathematics is the second volume in the Nexus series, following the first volume published in 1996. The aim of this collections of essays is to present a broad definition of the ways in which two seemingly different disciplines are interconnected. Included are papers concerned with families of numbers that lend themselves to the creation of proportional systems, such as the "equiangular numbers", the influence of African arts and crafts on architecture, the architectural significance of geometric constructions, aperiodic and periodic tilings in Australian architecture, the use of mathematics in the development of structural techniques, and mathematics in the urban fabric of Venice. The mathematical nature of the architecture of Leon Battista Alberti, Andrea Palladio and Frank Lloyd Wright is examined, and the philosophical background behind Renaissance architecture is explored. The diversity and varied texture of the essays richly illustrates the affinity between architecture and mathematics. Contributors come from a wide range of disciplines and cultural backgrounds: mathematicians from France, the United States, Argentina, Mozambique and Italy; architects from the United States and Australia; engineers from Italy and Germany; philosophers and religious from Italy and Germany. Architecture may be seen and understood in a new light, by professionals as well as non-professionals.
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