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Mathematical Treasure: God, the Supreme Geometer

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University)

In the Middle Ages, the universe was viewed as a great machine whose creation and functioning reflected harmony: proportion and symmetry, these qualities were imparted through design by its Creator. Scholars of this period conceived their Christian God as a Great Geometer whose compass served as the “tool of creation.” This 13th century illumination, the frontispiece of the French Bible Moralisée, depicts this belief. This illustration is in the public domain and was obtained from Wikimedia Commons.                      

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Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasure: God, the Supreme Geometer," Convergence (May 2017)