Mathematical Beauty in Rome: Mathematical and Engineering Concepts in Classical Architecture
Global Seminar students may be interested in The following opportunity. While it is not required for GS students, it will better prepare you to get the most out of your study abroad experience this summer. Professor Marino teaches the Renaissance in Rome Global Seminar and has decades of experience living and teaching in Italy.
The Myth of Rome: Eternal City
Why You Should Go:
Mathematical Beauty in Rome (mathinrome.ucsd.edu) explores the mathematics and engineering behind Rome's greatest works of architecture, such as the Colosseum, Pantheon, St. Peter's, and much more. We will address such questions as: How did the Romans use geometry to design the Colosseum? What engineering principles are behind the Pantheon's large dome? How does an aqueduct work? How is mathematical perspective achieved in Raphael's masterpiece of art, The School of Athens? In addition to studying these topics, we will go to the actual sites to see the theory come alive. The program also includes an extensive excursion to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, to study Brunelleschi's dome and to Pisa, Galileo's birthplace, to study the Leaning Tower.
The seminar also emphasizes the cultural experience: you will be immersed in the great historical city of Rome, and come in direct contact with a rich culture that has deeply influenced all of western civilization. Over the course of more than two millenia, Rome has produced so much of the world's greatest architecture and art, a good portion of which we can still see today. Rome is also a city of music, with concerts held in beautiful courtyards, churches, piazzas, parks, and even amongst ancient ruins. And of course, there's the food! You have not experienced great pizza, pasta, espresso, and gelato until you've been to Rome.
This seminar is appropriate for all technical majors. Majors of past students included structural engineering, mathematics, mechanical engineering, computer science and engineering, economics, chemical engineering, cognitive science, biochemistry, etc. Indeed, the primary requirement is that you, the prospective student, have a deep curiosity for understanding the great engineering achievements of ancient Rome, and a strong desire to appreciate the mathematical beauty that underlies Rome's classical architecture.
Don't miss this unique opportunity to study math while living Italian- style for five glorious weeks in Rome, the Eternal City!
Meet the Professor:
Joe Pasquale is a professor of computer science and engineering at UCSD, where he has served on the faculty for over 22 years. A native of New Jersey, he grew up in a classic Italian household, where his first language was Italian and many summers were spent with family in Italy. He was educated at MIT, receiving B.S. and M.S. degrees, and at UC Berkeley, where he received his Ph.D, all in computer science. A dedicated and popular teacher, his courses are consistently highly rated, and he has received the university's top teaching awards, including the UCSD Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award and the UCSD Chancellor's Associates Faculty Excellence Award in Undergraduate Teaching. Mathematical Beauty in Rome is one of his greatest personal passions, where he gets to pursue Rome's mathematical secrets with his students and share with them his extensive knowledge of the Eternal City and of Italian culture.