Ancient architecture and mathematics: methodology and the doric temple

Mark Wilson Jones

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For researchers into mathematical aspects of architectural design a multi-faceted subject often referred to by the umbrella–term proportion it can be disconcerting how little weight is given to this field by some authorities on general architectural history. Sir John Summerson, for example, the author of the evergreen Classical Language of Architecture, impatiently dismissed most past thinking about proportion as “a vast amount of pretentious nonsense” (Summerson 1980: 8).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArchitecture and Mathematics from Antiquity to the Future:
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 1: Antiquity to the 1500s
EditorsK. Williams, M. Ostwald
Place of PublicationLondon, U. K.
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)9783319001364
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2015


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