Compass and RuleArchitecture as Mathematical Practice in England, 1500–1750

Anthony Gerbino;Stephen Johnston

During the Renaissance, architecture became increasingly viewed as a primarily intellectual process, based in mathematics and separate from the tasks of actual building work. This book, the catalogue of a 2009 exhibition, traces how that new professional identity developed in England. Illustrated with photographs of contemporary mathematical instruments, architectural drawings and technical publications, it focuses in particular on the career of Sir Christopher Wren and the use of geometry in his evolving designs for the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral.