Forum Theme 1
In these remarks I will discuss Gothic architecture, geometry, and what I call the aesthetics of transcendence. I’ll focus mainly on the design of great buildings like Strasbourg Cathedral (Figure 1), whose spire is the tallest surviving work of the Middle Ages, a 466-foot symphony of intricately carved stone. I also want to talk about how I came to study and admire this material, starting out from a curiously backdoor approach involving the sciences. Ultimately, therefore, I will argue that Gothic architecture can be fruitfully compared to a variety of things, such as fractals, heavy metal guitar music, and dinosaurs. These are some of my very favorite things, and I think that they actually go together in some important ways.
©2011-2012 Robert Bork
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"Gothic Architecture, Geometry, and the Aesthetics of Transcendence,"
UNIversitas: Journal of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity: Vol. 7:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/universitas/vol7/iss1/4