Book ID: CBB246223853

Hooke, Wren and the Dome: A Seventeenth Century Crossing Space between Architecture and Engineering (2023)


Heyman, Jacques (Author)
Becchi, Antonio (Editor)
Foce, Federico (Editor)

Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura

Publication Date: 2023
Physical Details: xxvi, 78 pp.
Language: English

In the second half of the 17th century, new engineering science slowly began to contribute to architecture and to the structural analysis of vaults, arches and domes. Christopher Wren (1632-1723) and Robert Hooke (1635-1703) were both engaged in architecture and structural mechanics and Hooke’s ideas played a crucial role in the design of the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral in London. It was the first large dome built in England and became Wren’s greatest architectural achievement. In this book Professor Jacques Heyman, recipient of the Sir Frank Whittle Medal of the Royal Academy of Engineering (2022) and a leading figure in structural mechanics and history of engineering, describes the connections between the scientific contributions of Wren and Hooke in England and those of Giovanni Poleni (1683-1761) in Italy during the emergence of the modern professional architect and engineer.

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Authors & Contributors
Daniela Poli
Johnston, Stephen
Jardine, Lisa
Matteo Bigongiari
De Cesaris, Fabrizio
Stefano Bertocci
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Journal for the History of Astronomy
Firenze University Press
Yale University Press
University of Chicago Press
Leo S. Olschki
Science and art
Landscape; landscapes
Leonardo da Vinci
Wren, Christopher
Hooke, Robert
Perrault, Claude
Gallaccini, Teofilo
Galilei, Galileo
Time Periods
17th century
16th century
15th century
Early modern
19th century
Milan (Italy)
Great Britain
Turin (Italy)
Royal Society of London
Royal Observatory Greenwich

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