RE: Information & Power /Alexandria library

Billy Brown (
Thu, 6 May 1999 09:06:19 -0500

Spike Jones wrote:
> Billy, do you then suppose the Greeks did not figure out the formula
> for the arches in closed form? They had mathematics. I would be
> disappointed if they did them by eyeball, but now that I think it over
> I suspect you are right. Think Ill go check out that national park in
> Maine. {8-] spikus

AFAIK, the idea of constructing mathematical models of planned buildings only dates back to the 16th or 17th century. The ancients used geometry and astronomy to lay out building sites, and the Greeks used geometry to do some fairly subtle work in planning the appearance of buildings, but there was no concept of predicting the behavior of a pile of stone. There were just too many intervening concepts that had yet to be invented.

Billy Brown, MCSE+I