Crown Hall as Math
As I scan my notes from the Mathematics lecture given on Tuesday the 31st, I come across the paraphrased definition of Mathematics that was handed to us (which I've crudely paraphrased again in my notes...) It defines math as the "pursuit of pure relationships."
Through learning about the great architects, I've come to find that the modern movement in architecture was really at its core about proportions, perhaps defined as pure relationships in a structure, just like the classical works of Greece and Rome, up through Burnham's elegant "White City" at the 1893 World's Fair. Of course, new ideologies and philosophies worked their way into the modern architecture, and decoration was out. But proportions remained, and it seems that Mies van der Rohe's Crown Hall is a perfect example of this.
I don't know what the precise proportions in Mies' building are, but it's evident that the uniformity expressed by the columns and rectangular glass panes point towards a clear mathematic product. There is plenty of symmetry, and the plain geometries suggest perfection, the pursuit of the perfect structure, of order and perfect proportion.
I think that this structure parallels or is perhaps a perfect manifestation of this modern pursuit of mathematics and order.