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Geometry

The father of modern science, Galileo Galilei, said: “Mathematics is the language in which God has written the universe”. Our induction into the language began in the 2nd century in Egypt with the understanding of geometry. From then until now, we have honed a mastery over the language and it permeates everything we create, paralleling the presence of it in nature. While geometry may go unnoticed in infinitesimal places, its presence can be discerned in many natural and man-made things: from patterns of flowers and the fractal makeup of old trees to the microscopic forms of atoms, and from computer graphics based on geometric algorithms to the theoretical spheres of quantum science.

But in the realm of the man-made, it is in architecture that geometry is most pronounced. Whether they are ancient structures, constructed using what may now be considered rudimentary rules of geometry, or modern buildings and edifices, which take into account the nature of the soil, wind directions and pressure, and every element mapped out with the utmost precision, they all abide by the rules of basic geometry. They can all still be reduced to points, planes, lines, curves, angles, and surfaces. And, as such, they can still be appreciated aesthetically by the common person without the precise knowledge that goes into making them.

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