Design and Mathematics
For this prompt we were supposed to find images that somehow connect design to mathematics. I am not sure exactly what this means, but I hope that discussing a building that was designed with a great reliance on mathematics works.
I think that probably one of the most engineered buildings in the world is the Pantheon, in Rome. It's architect is unknown, but it was definitely built during the reign of the emperor Hadrian. It is generally dated as having been built between 118 and 128 CE. It was NOT built, as the inscription on the porch entablature claims, by Agrippa, who was a minister of the emperor Augustus, who ruled some 150 years before Hadrian. For whatever reason, Hadrian had this inscription, which had been on the building previously standing where the Pantheon now stands, placed on his building, but the bricks used in the building are all dated, and all the dates are from the 120's. Anyway, the building, which I have had to write 2 papers on for my Arch. History to 1750 class, if you were wondering, is a feat of engineering for the simple fact that it has been able to remain standing for almost 2000 years. Its 142’ poured concrete dome would have collapsed long ago were it not for the extensive knowledge of geometry employed in its construction. In addition to the construction of the building itself, geometry was also used to embellish it. An example of this is the floor’s alternating circle-and-square pattern. In conclusion, mathematics is very important in design, particularly the design of buildings, which would collapse without at least basic knowledge of math. My ponder is, if the architects of the Pantheon, and of the Hagia Sophia, and of numerous other great buildings in history, were able to design these buildings using fairly simple geometry, why on earth do people think calculus is so important?
P.S. For whatever reason, the Uthink program thinks that it would be far too much to allow me to have both a picture and a link within the same entry. I know its ghetto, but if you copy-paste the URL it should take you to the "series of images that connect design [of the Pantheon] to mathematics.