The Italian Cultural Center presents: “Mathematical Beauty in Rome”
Roman architecture is recognized the world over for its stunning visual beauty, but few know that it possesses a sublime mathematical beauty based on classical geometry, which the Romans knew well and used in everything they designed. The Romans were also great engineers, and they built their structures to last – not just for tens or hundreds of years, but – forever (hence, “the Eternal City”). How did they do it? This talk will briefly examine and illustrate how geometry was used in the architectural design and structural engineering of some of Rome’s most iconic sites, such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon, St. Peter’s, and some beyond Rome, such as Brunelleschi’s dome in Florence and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Where: ICC – 1629 Columbia Street, San Diego 92101
When: Saturday, April 8th at 4:30pm
$5.00 donation per person
Joe Pasquale is a professor of engineering at UCSD, where he has been on the faculty since 1987. He received BS and MS degrees from MIT, and PhD from UC Berkeley. While his primary research and teaching activities are in computer science and engineering, he also leads a summer study-abroad program he designed for UCSD undergraduates called Mathematical Beauty in Rome. Joe is originally from New Jersey and is of Italian descent (his parents emigrated from Calabria). He enjoys learning about Roman culture and history, Italian cinema, and travel in Italy.
The Lux museum in Encinitas currently has Siro Cugusi, an artist from Sardinia, Italy living and working in the museum. Guests can come and meet Siro and see him as he works on a new project in the museum. ICC members are invited to visit the museum.
Visitor Hours: Guest can mingle with Siro and see his exhibit
Thursdays/Fridays from 1p to 5p
Saturdays from 11a to 5p