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    DescriptionIn this fascinating study, architect and Egyptologist Corinna Rossi analyses the relationship between mathematics and architecture in ancient Egypt by exploring the use of numbers and geometrical figures in ancient architectural projects and buildings. While previous architectural studies have searched for abstract 'universal rules' to explain the history of Egyptian architecture, Rossi attempts to reconcile the different approaches of archaeologists, architects and historians of mathematics into a single coherent picture. Using a study of a specific group of monuments, the pyramids, and placing them in the context of their cultural and historical background, Rossi argues that theory and practice of construction must be considered as a continuum, not as two separated fields, in order to allow the original planning process of a building to re-emerge. Highly illustrated with plans, diagrams and figures, this book is essential reading for all scholars of Ancient Egypt and the architecture of ancient cultures.


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    Title
    Architecture and Mathematics in Ancient Egypt
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Corinna Rossi
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 174 mm
    Height: 247 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 490 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521690539
    ISBN 10: 0521690536
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25850
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ARC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.5
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAE
    BIC subject category V2: PDX
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1HBE
    BIC subject category V2: AM, HDDG
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    BIC subject category V2: PBX
    Abridged Dewey: 930
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, CULT/NAFRIC
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002030, ARC005000, MAT015000
    LC classification: CC
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 722.2
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAE
    DC21: 722.2
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: NA215 .R67 2007
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: AM, PBX, NKD
    Edition
    1
    Illustrations note
    102 b/w illus. 9 tables
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    30 June 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Author Information
    Dr Corinna Rossi teaches Egyptology at the Circolo Filologico Milanese.
    Review quote
    'The mathematics in this well written book are accessible for most readers. Its warning against the multiple of proportion theories concerning the Egyptian architecture is a very welcome addition, as is the overview of ancient architectural drawings, models and texts ... important is Rossi's conclusion that too much attention has been given to possible symbolic intentions ...' www.PalArch.nl '... Rossi has written a valuable contribution to this interdisciplinary field.' Journal of Archaeological Science 'Rossi grants us remarkable insight ... into the way in which two-dimensional architectural plans relate to three-dimensional constructions ... [she] provide[s] significant new insights into the mathematics of ancient civilisations, while challenging us to consider how language, material culture, and socio-technical practices are integrated, not only in mathematics, but in many domains.' Antiquity 'This book, based on Rossi's Cambridge Ph.D. thesis in Egyptology, is not only a calm, clear, and utterly compelling riposte to the world's 'pyramidiots' but also a case study in the integration of archaeological, artefactual, and textual evidence to analyse the praxis of ancient science against its modern reception. ... accessible and relevant to students of recent intellectual history as to researchers in ancient technology and science.' ISIS '... the book is beautifully written, thoughtful, and extremely reader-friendly in its organisation. Its mathematical content is nothing to be afraid of either, as it is reasonably accessible ... with many helpful drawings, diagrams and charts. ... the book is certainly a valuable contribution to the study of Egyptian architecture, as well as a product of much serious thought and careful documentation.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review
    Table of contents
    Part I. Proportions in Ancient Egyptian Architecture: 1. In search of 'the rule' for Ancient Egyptian Architecture; 2. Mathematics and architecture in Ancient Egypt; Part II. Ancient Egyptian Sources: Construction and Representation of Space: 3. Documents on the planning and building process; 4. Foundation rituals; Part III. The Geometry of Pyramids: 5. Symbolic shape and constructional problems; 6. The proportions of pyramids; 7. Pyramids and triangles; Overview.