Nexus Network Journal 11,2: Architecture and Mathematics

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Kim Williams
Springer Science & Business Media, Dec 5, 2009 - Mathematics - 180 pages
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The title of this issue of the Nexus Network Journal, "Architecture, Mathematics and Structure," is deliberately ambiguous. At first glance, it might seem to indicate the relationship between what buildings look like and how they stand up. This is indeed one aspect of what we are concerned with here. But on a deeper level, the fundamental concept of structure is what connects architecture to mathematics. Both architecture and mathematics are highly structured formal systems expressed through a symbolic language. For architecture, the generating structure might be geometrical, musical, modular, or fractal. Once we understand the nature of the structure underlying the design, we are able to "read" the meaning inherent in the architectural forms. The papers in this issue all explore themes of structure in different ways.

 

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Contents

Continuity versus Discretization
151
CognitiveMathematical Approaches for Evaluating Architectural Contextual Fit
163
Nicola Zabaglia and the School of Practical Mechanics of the Fabbrica of St Peters in Rome
183
The Role of the Module in Modernizing Japanese Architectural Production
201
Can Chaos Theory Explain Complexity In Urban Fabric? Applications in Traditional Muslim Settlements
216
Geometry and Statics
243
A Cross between Inspiration and Method
257
Using Key Diagrams to Design and Construct Roman Geometric Mosaics?
273
The N4C Joint
288
Architectural Developments of the Ideas of M C Escher and Buckminster Fuller
305
A Laboratory for Mathematics
317
Fortification in Focus Mathematical Methods in Military Architecture of the 16th and 17th Centuries and their Sublimation in Civil Architecture
325
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Kim Williams began his professional life by earning a music degree and playing jazz piano. A few years later, he turned his computer programming hobby into a career by returning to school for a Computer Science degree. After school he landed his dream job writing antivirus software and disassembling viruses. While working with viruses, he also developed distributed enterprise security applications. Since joining XcelleNet, Inc., Kim has worked with a variety of technologies, such as Java RMI, DCOM, ATL, and ASP, as a lead software engineer. Currently, he leads a team developing a large-scale ASP.NET Web Services solution. Kim is also a cofounder of and contributor to www.thinkdotnet.com. He currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife, Patty, and son, Sean, and still manages to find time to play the piano.

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