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Art Sources Review

Title of Product:

A Mathematical look at a Medieval Cathedral

Country: United Kingdom
Century: 1100 - The 12th Century
Topic: Durham Cathedral
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Name of Author(s): Hugh McCague
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Language/s of Product: English
Target Group: Architectural Scholars, teachers and Maths students 16+
Overall Evaluation: excellent
Objectives & Structure:
A PDF file which reproduces an article from a journal. The essay explores the idea that, “a master mason could adeptly and repeatedly apply a few simple geometric operations and tools, such as the mason’s large compass, to produce a myriad of sophisticated designs.”
Description of contents:
Limited images of Cathedral itself but fascinating account of the importance of the mathematics of cathedral building. As the article argues, “the building of a medieval cathedral, and indeed this period’s architecture in general, was highly mathematical in conception and execution.”
The article explains architectural ratios and design and build techniques as well as suggesting some further reading.
Evaluation and Comments:
Overall Evaluation: excellent
Clarity of structure, logical sequence of contents: excellent
Usability / easiness of navigation: excellent
The website is interesting / stimulating: excellent
Educational and learning value: good
Quality and relevancy of content: good
Compatibility of the content with the target group: good
Suitability and quality of graphic interface: good
Possibility of printing/saving material or tests: excellent
Description of how the website can be used with the students::
Limited use by students simply studying Durham Cathedral but would provide teachers with some background information and great potential to link Art and Mathematics with a practical example.
Evaluation Date: 30.06.08
Name of teacher: Stef Gabrysch, Peter Hooper
Name of School: Queen Elizabeth School
Country: UK
Subjects Taught: Art

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