Life, architecture, mathematics, and the fourth dimension

Lawrence, Snezana ORCID logoORCID: (2015) Life, architecture, mathematics, and the fourth dimension. Nexus Network Journal, 17 . pp. 587-604. ISSN 1590-5896 [Article] (doi:10.1007/s00004-014-0221-9)


The fourth dimension, whilst contemplated from as far back as antiquity, was only studied in mathematics from the nineteenth century. Here we trace the history of these investigations, and place them in the context of their manifestations in architecture, whether real or imagined. As we take a look at the social milieu within which the study of the fourth dimension flourished, in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, we investigate the biographies and works of the protagonists, and note that the study of the fourth dimension, and dimensionality itself, was strongly coloured by considerations of ethics and even religiosity. Finally we look at a few examples of architecture which offer different interpretations of the fourth dimension.

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Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Design Engineering and Mathematics
Item ID: 29175
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Depositing User: Snezana Lawrence
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2020 08:03
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2020 21:07

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