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Author:Ivars Peterson (MathTrek)
Description: Leonardo da Vinci was not alone in his fascination with military technology. The University of Oxford's Museum of the History of Science is now featuring a fascinating online exhibition called The Geometry of War, 1500-1750. The 81 illustrations, accompanied by an essay and extensive notes, demonstrate how mathematical science was used on the battlefields of early modern Europe. The exhibition reveals that the same geometric and technical ingenuity that went into the development of perspective painting and the deployment of navigational and surveying devices during the Renaissance also informed the invention of instruments for warfare.

Levels: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Articles
Math Topics: Higher-Dimensional Geometry, Euclidean Plane Geometry, Art, Engineering

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